A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Excessive misbehavior, including drugs, infidelity, irresponsibility, may have profound consequences.
Positive Role Models
Supporting players work hard to help singer on a downward spiral; their efforts are ultimately useless. They exhibit loyalty and compassion.
Violence & Scariness
Hero has problem with anger: fights, punches glass and bloodies hand, road rage. A fatal accident is seen from inside the car as it happens.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
On-camera sexual intercourse in multiple scenes with nudity (including bare breasts and frontal nudity), oral sex. Infidelity.
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Frequent profanity includes: "f--k," "bitch," "c--t," "s--t," "pr--k," "asshole," "d--khead," "t-ts."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink heavily, get drunk. While not ingested on camera, drugs play a significant part in the story. Lead character gets stoned, becomes addicted to hard drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that El Potro: Unstoppable is an Argentinian film (with English subtitles) about Rodrigo Bueno, a renowned singer from Cordoba in the 1990s. Young, ambitious, good-looking, and talented, "El Potro," as he was known, popularized Cordoban "cuarteto" (an upbeat combination of Italian and Spanish dance music). The film follows El Potro from his early efforts as a wannabe singer in his teens to the height of his stardom and early tragic death. The movie's sexual scenes are frequent and explicit with on-camera sexual intercourse, nudity (including frontal), oral sex, and flagrant infidelity. Characters drink, often to excess, and drugs are an important element in the lead character's arc. While he doesn't ingest drugs on camera, he's often at their effect. Profanity and slurs are extensive, including "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "fags," "pr--k." Not for kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A dynamic performance and skillful direction aren't enough to rescue this familiar story from an often-incoherent structure and an inability to even suggest what drove the hero to such a tragic end. The music in El Potro: Unstoppable, with its compelling beat and Romero's all-out performance, is an anomaly, too. Bright, sunshiny rhythms have downbeat, often even depressing lyrics. And those lyrics appear to lose a substantial amount in the translation from the performances in Spanish to the English subtitles.
Sadly, there seems to be an almost limitless archive of entertainers who died tragically too young -- Moreno joins a long list of those who passed at age 27. This film doesn't meet the standard of many of the others. Note: Rodrigo Bueno's family has criticized the accuracy of the film, particularly its emphasis on drug use.
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