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No Manches Frida 2

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Silly, predictable sequel has crass, suggestive humor.

Movie R 2019 102 minutes
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Although there are definitely some laughs from the admittedly formulaic class- and age-based humor, there's nothing new or particularly interesting about this unnecessary sequel. No Manches Frida 2 is the kind of predictable, silly comedy that audiences can stream while multitasking, because you don't have to pay very close attention. Zequi and Lucy can't go straight to "happy ever after," or there would be no point to having a sequel, so there's manufactured tension and a paint-by-numbers romantic rival in the form of Aaron, the gorgeous but shallow ex who's Zequi's polar opposite. Aaron boasts about the work he's put into his transformation, from a nose job to "clean eating" to personal training. He's also a social media addict who cares more about posting selfies and food pics than having a conversation with Lucy.

Chaparro, who does the movie's heaviest lifting, has to convey his despair at losing Lucy and his willingness to parrot Aaron's style -- not just to woo her back, but also to get through to his students, who are understandably more interested in their beachfront surroundings than in learning to dance. The underdogs from the poor school taking on the privileged kids from the rich school is such a cliché that even one of the Frida High teens jokes that down-and-out kids win so infrequently that there's a movie for every time they do win. The movie doesn't focus solely on the teens, of course, since the real story is Zequi's romantic arc. Neither plotline is particularly well executed, but the movie might work for those who like the stars -- or broad comedies in general.

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