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Condorito: The Movie

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Appeal of silly, suggestive comic is lost in translation.

Movie PG 2018 88 minutes
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Awesome entertainment for kids and for adults. Great humor. a must see if you are a Latino

Great values, great story,

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This adaptation isn't well served by its convoluted sci-fi narrative; ultimately, the movie's appeal is unlikely to cross over to audiences who aren't already established fans of the Chilean comic. Those who did grow up reading the Spanish-language comic will recognize most of the regulars from the strip: antihero Condorito; his girlfriend, Yayita; his nephew, Cone (a play on the phrase "with E" in Spanish); his football buddies; his rival on and off the pitch, Pepe Cortisona (Cristián de la Fuente); and Yayita's parents, who are both voiced by the same famous Chilean comedian, Coco Legrand. Even just understanding Spanish isn't enough to "get" the film; an actual working knowledge and appreciation of the original, often chauvinistic (and occasionally controversial) strip is necessary to fully enjoy the comedy -- although a few of the setups and sight gags are funny regardless.

Plus, the double entendres and risqué jokes that have entertained the comic's audiences since 1949 don't translate well into a seemingly family-friendly movie. Neither does the constantly drinking group of friends -- though, to be fair, it's not much different from Homer Simpson and his best friends, who are always at Moe's. The movie pokes fun at Pepe's machismo attitude (he's a burly, Gaston-like figure with a barrel chest but no sense of friendship or generosity), but it still celebrates the objectification of women in how it depicts Yayita and the other female characters. At least the big-screen Yayita runs an orphanage instead of being just eye candy as in the print original. Those who love the comic may be gentler critics of the film (although it might have been a misstep to cast a Mexican actor as an iconic Chilean character), but those who are unaware of it aren't likely to join the fan club.

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