Las Pildoras De Mi Novio (My Boyfriend's Meds)
By Monique Jones,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Mature Mexican comedy pokes fun at mental illness.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Having compassion and empathy for others is important, especially for those dealing with mental illness or physical disabilities. It's important to communicate honestly with loved ones. That said, much of the movie's humor comes at the expense of neurodiversity as well as physical disability.
Positive Role Models
Hank tries hard to impress Jess, learns a powerful lesson about being honest with those you love, even if you think the truth could upset them. Unfortunately, symptoms of mental illness are exaggerated far beyond what it takes to make them "funny," and mental illness is played for laughs.
Violence & Scariness
Farcical injuries, including hair pulling, catching on fire, falling on a table.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Partial nudity (character wearing bra and underwear), undressing, brief fully nude (but not explicit) sex scenes. Sexual humor including a mention of crying after sex, mention of hiring a hooker, mentions of oral sex, and Hank humping a person's leg.
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Swear words, including "f--k," "f--king," "a--hole," "s--t," "hell," "damn," "s--tface," "f--ker," and "bulls--t." Sexual phrases about "balls" and gendered slurs such as "rug muncher" and "d--kface." Ableist words such as "craziness," "psycho," "idiot," "insane," and "nut job." Exclamatory use of "oh my God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, mostly tequila (the company Jess works for markets tequila). Taking drugs, including prescription drugs and hard drugs like hallucinogens and opium. Smoking marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Las Pildoras De Mi Novio (also known as My Boyfriend's Meds) is a Spanish-language sex comedy about a man (Jaime Camil) who's trying to hide his mental illnesses from his girlfriend (Sandra Echeverría) while attending a work trip. Expect lots of sexual humor and sexual situations, including non-explicit nudity and sex scenes/references. The film also has slapstick violence played for humor (hair pulling, catching on fire, falling on a table, etc.) as well as drinking, drug use (including hallucinogens, opium, and pot), and strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more). While the film's messages are meant to be about not judging others, having compassion for people with mental illness, and realizing that everyone needs and deserves love, it's tough to reconcile those messages with humor that's at the expense of neurodiversity.
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What's the Story?
In LAS PILDORAS DE MI NOVIO, mattress store owner Hank (Jaime Camil) falls in love with Jess (Sandra Echeverría), a woman who works at an agency that focuses on marketing tequila. Jess invites Hank to her company's retreat, but Hank accidentally leaves his medications at home, leaving him to try to hide his illnesses -- bipolar disorder, Tourette syndrome, OCD, ADD, and more -- from Jess.
Is It Any Good?
Las Pildoras De Me Novio (My Boyfriend's Meds) is, in fact, a hard pill to swallow. Camil, who has a reputation for making potentially awful characters/storylines likable simply thanks to his charm, does the same for Hank, who seems like the perfect boyfriend until viewers learn about his various conditions. While comorbidities with various mental illnesses can actually exist -- for instance, a person with ADD can also be diagnosed with OCD and depression because of overlapping symptoms -- it's farcical to believe that one person could have a dozen or more diagnoses overlapping at the same time. Of course, the film is meant to be a comedy, and Hank's many illnesses are played for comedic effect. But with a film that's ultimately meant to be about not judging others, having compassion for people with mental illness, and realizing that everyone needs and deserves love, it's tough to reconcile those themes with humor that's at the expense of neurodiversity, with symptoms of mental illness being exaggerated far beyond what it takes to make them "funny."
The fact that Hank feels distressed by misaligned pencils and cracks in the floor due to intrusive thoughts and fears is actually accurate for many people with OCD. And acknowledging the fundamental illogical nature of those fears could have been good material in an intelligent script. But that's not this film. Las Pildoras De Mi Novio doesn't fully examine how OCD can develop and how it can present itself in several different and complex ways. Ditto for Hank's other diagnoses -- his Tourette syndrome, for example, is used for comedic effect the most, with him blurting out obscene statements. Yes, Tourette syndrome can cause some people to say obscene words. But it also includes a lot of different symptoms that can affect people in different ways, not just through shouting curse words. Finding humor in all of these conditions has diminishing returns, especially when Jess continually uses harmful terms like "crazy," "insane," or "nut job" when referring to Hank's illnesses. Hank's mental distress is the film's main source of "humor," but the movie makes fun of physical disabilities, too, including Jess' co-worker Chase's (Brian Baumgartner) lisp, which is portrayed as making him drool to the point of comic ridiculousness. Las Pildoras De Mi Novio clearly wants to teach its audience that everyone deserves happiness, but it spends far too much time making fun of people with mental or physical differences for that message to stick.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Las Pildoras De Mi Novio addresses mental illness. Does it help or harm portrayals of mental illness?
How does Hank's journey with mental illness affect you? How does his story affect your idea about mental illness?
Hank fails to be honest with Jess at the start of their relationship. Why is it important to be honest with people, especially in this situation?
How do you feel about Jess' feelings about mental illness? Did she grow, if any, in the film from her previous stance about finding the "perfect man"?
- In theaters: February 21, 2020
- On DVD or streaming: May 1, 2020
- Cast: Jaime Camil, Sandra Echeverría, Jason Alexander, Brian Baumgartner, Brooke Shields
- Director: Diego Kaplan
- Inclusion Information: Latinx actors
- Studio: Pantelion Films
- Genre: Romance
- Run time: 100 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: sexual content, drug material, and language
- Last updated: June 2, 2023
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