Hazlo Como Hombre

Movie review by
Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Tons of sex talk and situations in comedy about acceptance.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 109 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Amid the over-the-top content, the movie has its heart in the right place, with a message of acceptance that reads clearly as "homophobia isn't cool, dude." It supports both those coming out and those having a tough time accepting loved ones who are coming out.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A main character's strong homophobia is played for laughs and then finally yields to enlightenment. Plenty of the other characters are portrayed in a more realistic/even-handed way; the man coming to grips with his sexuality is sane, conflicted, thrilled, and vulnerable -- as real people are. And the apparently perfect gay boyfriend has his red flags -- as real people do.

Violence

Mostly comic/farcical altercations, but also an angry (though nongraphic) sports brawl. Angry outbursts. No bloodshed. Fights between people who care about each other. Some violent moments in video games.

Sex

No nudity, but lots of strong, mature sexual content throughout the movie, mostly in the form of very specific descriptions of sexual acts ("rim job," etc.) and nonvisually graphic sexual situations. Description and attempted use of sex toys.

Language

The main character constantly uses descriptive homophobic slurs and crude language (some of it cleaned up in the English subtitles, though Spanish speakers will bear the brunt of certain words). "Cabron" is heard frequently, men are referred to as "women" derisively, etc.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, including mixing drinking with prescription pills (decried by multiple characters); general partying.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, despite its clear message of acceptance, Hazlo Como Hombre is definitely not for kids. This hilarious Mexican hit (in Spanish with English subtitles) is a "hard R" comedy that explores homophobia, self-realization, and love. The main character -- a mouthy, insecure jerk who really does love his friends and family -- unleashes a nearly nonstop stream of crude language and descriptive homophobic insults both before and after his best friend comes out. While there's no nudity, there are so many instances of sexual behavior (including the attempted use of a sex toy on an unwilling participant, played for laughs) and graphic sexual descriptions that it's not appropriate for anyone but the most mature viewers. You can also expect a bit of comic violence and angry outbursts, but no blood is shed.

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What's the story?

In Mexico City, the relationship of five close-knit friends is rocked when one comes out as gay. The Spanish-language comedy HAZLO COMO HOMBRE follows a mouthy, ignorant lout named Raul (Mauricio Ochmann) -- who, despite his rough exterior, actually loves those close to him -- as he resolves to "save" his friend, Santiago (Alfonso Dosal), by "curing" his recently announced homosexuality. Although the film is a gonzo farce with pervasive graphic language and absurd situations, the protagonist's misguided quest leads to a journey of actual self-discovery. 

Is it any good?

Mexico's biggest homegrown hit of 2017 (it's a Chilean-Mexican co-production), this raunchy comedy revels in its lead's arrested development to make a point. It's easily one of the funniest movies of the year, but it's very much not for kids. Director/co-writer Nicolás López puts his characters in absurd, high-stakes situations and gives them plenty of funny dialogue. And the finely tuned cast hits just the right farce notes. As Raul's sister, Nati, who reacts badly to learning that Santiago (who's her fiance, as well as Raul's best friend) is gay, Aislinn Derbez shows off dynamic comic skills. And as an ultra-calm therapist suspicious of Raul's motives, Luis Pablo Román is quietly a scream. But the movie really belongs to Ochmann, who's like a cross between Rob Lowe and Paul Rudd. Raul's outsized personality fills most comic scenes -- his idiotic horror at Santi's gayness is consistently funny -- but Ochmann fares less well in dramatic moments. He's at his best when Raul's confident ignorance is on display, as when he declares that a priest turned Santi gay (Raul: "Why did he make you wear those girly dresses?" Santi: "It was an altar boy gown.").

Despite all its gonzo trappings, Hazlo Como Hombre comes across as sincere. It actually goes into the "stages of grief" model to help Raul understand that what really needs fixing is in himself, not Santiago. It also takes pains not to demonize anyone and crosses up our expectations -- especially those related to stereotypes. Just as no one is evil in the film, no one is totally good, either: Santiago's relationship with his first real boyfriend runs into serious issues that will be familiar to many in straight relationships, too. Yes, it's over the top, but Hazlo is a good match for viewers who are ready for graphic sex talk and either need to hear the movie's message of reassurance as they consider coming out or need to come to terms with someone they love coming out. And in the end, the movie's well-meaning (if crude) humor, powered by crack comedic writing and acting, makes it clear why it's already a hit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Hazlo Como Hombre's messages. How does the movie make it clear that Raul's opinions and behavior aren't the stuff that role models are made of? How does he change over the course of the movie?

  • How does the movie depict or address sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • Do our friends need us to "fix" them? What actions by people in the movie do you think actually helped Santiago? Which were less helpful?

  • Have you ever learned a big secret about someone you loved that was at first difficult to process? What did you do? How did it turn out?

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