Parents' Guide to

How to Be a Latin Lover

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Comedy about aging gigolo has racy bits, stereotyping.

Movie PG-13 2017 115 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 6+


This film has a great positive message and is great for kids

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

Really funny not for kids

So not for kids I was watching it when I saw the ball grabing scene not for kids

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Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (2):

Irreverent and infectious, with a healthy dash of raciness, this film is wacky fun. Derbez is shameless and often hysterical as a Latin lover gone to seed; he makes the film crackle with energy. Even though Maximo is a terrible person -- spoiled, self-centered, lazy and shallow -- it's fun to see him struggle with the tedious demands of the world, like earning money and demonstrating basic decency. His relationship with Hugo ultimately brings out the goodness in Maximo, revealing that, deep down, he has a streak of decency -- though he is still using the boy as a stepping stone to his next would-be wife (Raquel Welch).

Hayek's Sara also has good chemistry with her callous brother; they bicker like they've been fighting since childhood. It's the human connections in How to be a Latin Lover that make it rise above its outlandish plot and sometimes-broad stereotyping. We see that even someone like Maximo can get what they want, if they work for it. Despite its premise, the film somehow manages to seduce the audience's heart.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 28, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: August 15, 2017
  • Cast: Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe
  • Director: Ken Marino
  • Inclusion Information: Latinx actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Pantelion Films
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Brothers and Sisters
  • Run time: 115 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: crude humor, sexual references and gestures, and for brief nudity
  • Last updated: March 1, 2023

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