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Dry Martina

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgas..., Common Sense Media
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Pursuit of sex rules singer's life; language, nudity, drugs.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 95 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Being promiscuous might leave you lonely and empty.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Martina is bold and goes after what she wants, in this case sex with men who are sometimes unwilling or uninterested.

Violence

A man in a coma is on life support in a hospital. A doctor urges the man's daughter to pull the plug. A girl is suicidal.

Sex

A man is seen on his knees with his head between the legs of a woman. Both are clothed. A couple is seen from the waist up in bed having sex. Her breasts are visible. Martina complains that she is not "getting wet." Martina brings her cat to the vet because it's masturbating on the furniture. A guy is totally turned off when his lover describes her many other partners. A woman goes home with a stranger she picks up in the park and has sex with him on his kitchen counter. She is seen in her bra and panties from behind. A woman says a man's "d--k" was the most beautiful she'd ever seen. Martina runs out of cash so offers to pay a cab driver "some other way."

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "damn," "crap," "d--k," and "p---y."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol, use cocaine, and smoke marijuana. Adults smoke marijuana while driving.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the title Dry Martina (in Spanish with English subtitles) refers to a sexually-voracious Argentinean pop music star and her suddenly un-lubricating vagina, establishing the tone for a movie that's largely about sexual needs and appetite. This sets Martina on a search for the man who can turn her on. So when a young fan knocks on her door with an outlandish story, Martina falls for the girl's young boyfriend and immediately heads for Chile to find him. Strange and unlikely family connections result in a DNA test, the results of which don't really change anything, including Martina. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "d--k," and "p---y." Naked breasts are seen in graphic sex scenes, mostly shown from the waist up. Adults drink alcohol and smoke marijuana. A man in a coma is on life support in a hospital. A doctor urges the man's daughter to pull the plug. A girl is suicidal.

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What's the story?

A young Chilean fan named Fran (Geraldine Neary) knocks on the door of Argentinian pop singer Martina's door with an outlandish story about sharing a father and DNA testing. In DRY MARTINA, the singer (Antonella Costa) immediately falls for the girl's young boyfriend (Pedro Campos). Martina explains that since her teens, she has only ever felt free while having sex and has sought out as much of it as possible, picking up guys in bars, restaurants, and on the street. She likes to wear short shorts, high-heeled boots, sheer unbuttoned shirts over long-line black lace bras, an outfit that makes her look like a street-walker. Now her vagina has gone dry, and she's desperately and unashamedly seeking someone who will get her back on track sexually. Strange and unlikely family connections in Chile result in a DNA test, the results of which don't really change anything, including Martina.

Is it any good?

Dry Martina is a story about a silly, reckless, and basically selfish woman, and that fact presents a problem that some viewers may not be able to overcome: Why care? That said, Antonella Costa's performance as Martina is perfectly fine, but parents may question the appropriateness of this for even older teens. The worst consequences of Martina's promiscuity include emptiness and loneliness, but her nonchalance about seducing complete strangers could result in far worse, violent outcomes that aren't mentioned here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Martina's claim that she only ever felt free when she was in bed with a man. Why do you think she has sex with lots of partners? What do you think she means by feeling "free"?

  • Martina picks up guys in the park, in bars, on the street. Do you think her behavior is safe? Healthy? Why or why not?

  • Martina herself says that it's unforgivable to have slept with her friend's ex-boyfriend. Yet she did not hesitate to do so. What do you think about her actions?

Movie details

For kids who love foreign films

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