Crazy About Her

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Quirky Spanish romcom inspires empathy; lots of swearing.
  • NR
  • 2021
  • 102 minutes

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Positive Messages

People receiving psychiatric care or who are coping with mental illness don't need saving, and they can't be cured by love and good intentions. They need to learn to live with and accept themselves so that they can deal with the larger world and handle people's reactions to them, and that takes time. Getting better isn't a choice, so telling someone who's depressed to smile or cheer up doesn't help. If you want to help, make sure they know that even if you don't understand what they're going through, you'll be there for them whenever they need you.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adri is a good role model for empathy, perseverance, and compassion. He thinks you can do anything if you try, and that the only real failure is not trying at all. He learns that the psychiatric patients he meets don't need saving or fixing, and that getting better isn't a choice or something you can achieve just because you decide to try. Carla has bipolar disorder and does reckless and dangerous things when she's in a manic phase. Most of the time she's a loyal friend, and wants a "normal" life but doesn't see that as a real possibility for herself. Eventually she embraces the idea that it's OK to have up, down, and in-between times in her life.

Violence

A man in distress has blood on his face, but the how and why aren't shown. Several characters damage a car with rocks, keys, and breaking off a mirror in an act of revenge.

Sex

No sensitive parts or nudity, but one scene shows simulated sex, including oral sex, with a woman's bare buttock seen from the side. Several extended and passionate kisses. Oral sex mentioned in an office setting. A man remembers a past crush on his gym teacher that didn't work out because the teacher was fired for being a "pervert." Condoms are used as stakes in a poker game, and one character is teased about needing a lot of them.

Language

Translated from Spanish, "f--k," "d--k," "s--t," "ass," "crap," and "bitch." Played for comedy and not calling names, a character uses "f-ggots" and other dated or offensive terms for demographic purposes.

Consumerism

Rarely, brands visible or implied incidentally. Rivotril and Jell-O mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of scenes take place in bars where where the all-adult cast drinks. Adults drink to excess at a wedding reception. Psychiatric patients gamble at poker with their medications and cigarettes as the stakes. Occasional cigarette smoking. A doctor offers friends several kinds of drugs for psychiatric treatment including fluoxetine, paroxetine, sertraline, and bupropion. They decline and he then offers amphetamines, marijuana, and ketamine, which they also decline. Mention of needing lithium played for comedy.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crazy About Her is a romantic comedy in Spanish with subtitles, originally called Loco por ella. The female lead character has bipolar disorder and lives in a psychiatric care facility; many scenes take place there. Other patients' illnesses and syndromes are explored, sometimes in a gently comedic way, and inspire understanding and empathy. Strong themes about how to help, and especially what doesn't help, psychiatric patients, especially people with depression. Expect lots of swearing, especially "f--k," and including "d--k" and "s--t." "F-ggot" is used in a satirical way. A sex scene doesn't show any sensitive parts, but briefly shows simulated sex and oral sex. Several other scenes show passionate kissing. The all-adult cast drink in a bar a couple of times, and a wedding reception shows drinking to excess. Antidepressant medications and other drugs. Several scenes show smoking, and cigarettes, condoms, and prescription medications are used as stakes in a poker game.

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What's the story?

Adri (Alvaro Cervantes) becomes CRAZY ABOUT HER after the most adventurous, exciting, and passionate nights he's ever spent with Carla (Susana Abaitua). Carla makes it clear from the beginning that this is to be a one-time thing only, and that they'll never see each other again. Adri agrees at first, but becomes obsessed with tracking Carla down so he can see her again. Eventually he finds her living in a facility for people with mental disorders. So determined is he to talk to Carla again, Adri gets himself admitted into the facility, and learns that Carla has bipolar disorder. As he starts to gain Carla's trust, he'll also have to win over her protective friends as part of the process for being released. Adri urges them to take risks, and to see what they can accomplish if they'd only try. Eventually they discover that there's no "trying" your way out of bipolar disorder. But can they learn how to live with it, together?

Is it any good?

This is a charming, quirky, funny, and poignant romantic comedy that refreshingly treats characters with mental disorders as whole people, and should inspire empathy and understanding from viewers. Crazy About Her treats all its characters with compassion and dignity, without ever being heavy-handed or overly sentimental. The talented cast hit all the right notes, bringing the humor in for a perfect landing every time. But it's a gentle humor mixed with genuine emotion, so if you're looking for a nonstop, side-splitting laugh-fest, this isn't it.

The characters are all adults, mostly in their 30s, but teens will relate to the rush of excitement from falling in love, and the ups and downs of figuring out a new relationship. Lots of strong language, mention of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use, and a mature sex scene make it best for older teens and up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Crazy About Her treats people with psychiatric disorders. Is it realistic? Are the characters being made fun of? When is it OK to laugh, or is it ever OK?

  • What about all the strong language? Is it realistic? Does that matter? How much is too much in movies and other media?

  • How much sex is OK in movies, TV, games, etc.? Is there too much in this movie? Is seeing it on screen different from reading it? Does it create realistic expectations?

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