How to Be a Latin Lover

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Comedy about aging gigolo has racy bits, stereotyping.
  • PG-13
  • 2017
  • 115 minutes

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age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Even the most self-centered, spoiled people have the ability to grow up and learn to be humbler and think about others. That said, the movie also plays on stereotypes related to gender roles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Maximo starts out as a crass gold digger who uses others: He takes advantage of older women, his sister, and even his young nephew to get what he wants. Eventually he realizes that he needs to think of others, but that doesn't mean he can fix all the damage he caused. Stereotypes related to women and gender roles are very much present at first but eventually undermined.

Violence

Two thugs beat up a man who owes them money, hitting him in the face and repeatedly punching him in the groin. Two men get into a knock-down brawl at a kid's birthday party. A man in a wheelchair gets hit by a car but isn't injured.

Sex

Lots of sexual innuendo and suggestive dialogue/gestueres. Men and women are shown scantily clad by a pool.

Language

Occasional strong language includes "s--t," "crap," "ass," "hell," and "idiot."

Consumerism

Brands/labels seen or mentioned include Rolex, Go-Pro, Ferrari, Nissan, and Captain Crunch cereal.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking. A man smokes cigars while lounging around. In one scene, two people get pretty drunk; they pay for it in the morning.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that How to Be a Latin Lover is a lighthearted comedy about an aging gigolo (Eugenio Derbez) who gets dumped by his elderly, very wealthy wife and must move in with his sister and her young son. It's pretty racy, with lots of sexual innuendo and suggestive language, as well as swimwear so scanty that it borders on non-existent. There's also some strong language ("s--t," "crap," etc.), cigar smoking, and drinking (once to excess, followed by a hangover). Characters fight and get beaten up. And while the movie initially plays on lots of stereotypes related to women and gender roles, in the end there's a message about the importance of love and family.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bySil C. April 30, 2017

Funny

It's a really funny movie, overall my family and I enjoyed it very much.
Adult Written byCaesar P. May 15, 2017

His first movie was better

It was funny. Not the best. Couple of chuckles here and there. Not bad. Some of the scenes were kinda corny or cringy. It was decent. Not great... just good e... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Ever since he was a young boy, Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) had one goal: to be the kept husband of a very rich, older woman. Now in his mid-40s (there's some dispute about his exact age), Maximo has achieved his dream ... until his wife dumps him for a younger man, and he finds himself on the street with no career skills and expensive tastes. Maximo's sister, Sara (Salma Hayek), reluctantly lets him stay with her and her young son, Hugo (Raphael Alejandro). While Maximo tries to find another rich wife, he decides to give his nephew lessons in HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER. Rob Lowe co-stars as Maximo's best friend, another kept man, and Kristen Bell plays Maximo's cat-rescuing co-worker.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about How to Be a Latin Lover's messages. How does Maximo change over the course of the movie? Does he become a better person? Does he learn humility?

  • Did you notice any stereotyping in the movie? How do characters' ideas about women and gender roles evolve over the course of the film?

  • What do you think about the relationship between Maximo and his nephew? Is he helping the boy learn how to approach girls, or is he reinforcing outdated, sexist views?

  • How does the movie portray drinking? Are there realistic consequences? Why does that matter?

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