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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Everybody Loves Somebody is a generally charming Spanish-language (with English subtitles) romantic comedy about love and family. It deals with some mature themes, including abandonment, binge-drinking, hook-ups, and fear of commitment. The topics are handled with care and sensitivity, but the content is still most appropriate for teens and up. Couples are shown in sexual situations/making love, but nothing beyond bare shoulders, a bare back, and kissing is seen. In one scene, a woman starts to pleasure herself before being interrupted. There's also some swearing in Spanish that's translated in the subtitles, including "s--t" and "f--k," which is said once by a child. In the end, the movie has clear messages about the importance of family and love.
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What's the story?
In EVERYBODY LOVES SOMEBODY, Los Angeles OBGYN Clara Barron (Karla Souza) is devoted to her patients and watching them grow their families. She also enjoys a close relationship with her mother and father (a longtime couple who are finally getting married in the fourth decade of their life together and who live just across the border in Mexico) and her sister, who's married and has a young son. But love is something Clara has yet to conquer: She prefers one-night stands with guys she meets at the bars where she goes to drink after long days at work. Her hook-ups aren't as complicated as the relationship she once had with Daniel (Jose María Yazpik), a fellow Mexican doctor who practically left her at the altar to join Doctors Without Borders. In need of a date to her parents' wedding, Clara invites a colleague, good-hearted pediatrician Asher (Ben O'Toole). It quickly becomes apparent that they share not just a profession but a strong chemistry. But when Daniel shows up unannounced at the wedding, Clara finds herself at a crossroads.
Is it any good?
There's much to like, if not outright love, about this generally charming romcom. For starters, there's Souza, who's one of the more appealing female protagonists to grace a romantic comedy in a while. Though Everybody Loves Somebody still deals in cliches -- can't a successful professional with a loving family be happy without a relationship? -- it at least tries to do so in a subtler manner, presenting Clara and her dilemmas with Daniel and Asher in slightly more textured ways. Daniel isn't the typical commitment-phobe ex, and Asher doesn't exist simply to sweep Clara, who's ambivalent about long-term relationships, off her feet.
The supporting actors and subplots are strong, too. A scene involving Clara's sister and her husband is almost worth the price of admission alone, if only for its uncanny depiction of love between a long-married couple who've weathered the small-but-significant erosions that daily parenting and partnering exacts -- but also rely on the deep bond that it forges. Also key in the romcom genre is the music, and that's unfortunately one of Everybody Loves Somebody's weak spots. Practically every song used in the film is cribbed from romcoms that have come before that it's clearly is trying to evoke, from Bridget Jones' Diary to (500) Days of Summer. With so much going for it, Everybody Loves Somebody didn't need to try quite so hard.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Everybody Loves Somebody deals with the subject of romantic love. Is it with the typical rose-colored glasses of many romcoms, or is it more complex?
How is sex portrayed? Is it taken seriously? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
Does Clara's family ground her or confine her? Does the way the family is portrayed feel authentic?
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