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No Manches Frida 2

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Silly, predictable sequel has crass, suggestive humor.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 102 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Amid mature content, conveys ideas that everyone is capable of redemption, that even toughest students can be encouraged to learn and to try, that people deserve a second chance. Also a scene that stresses importance of affirmative, sober consent.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lucy is a caring teacher who wants to help her students. Zequi, despite his flaws, does love Lucy, cares about his students. He redeems himself for poor behavior earlier in movie. The kids may not seem like they care about their school, but they pull together to prove they shouldn't be underestimated.

Violence

A woman slaps a man. A person throws up rather explosively onto another person (happens twice in different scenes). Pratfalls played for laughs. Student rivalry ends in all-out brawl at nightclub. Adult man punches teen that he (erroneously) believes is about to sexually assault his girlfriend.

Sex

Lots of double-meaning jokes. One woman is stereotypically on the prowl, always making comments about men's bodies, possible sexual conquests. High school-age women approach experienced older woman, give her fake magazine quiz to discuss her first time having sex. Flirting, sexy dancing, a few kisses. A girl prepares to have sex with her boyfriend (while wearing lingerie) but is so drunk that her boyfriend doesn't want to have sex, realizing she's not sober enough to know what she's doing. Suggestive jokes and comments about virginity, orgasm, penises. Scenes in a strip club (women wear bikinis); a stripper helps choreograph a sexy (but clothed) group dance.

Language

Captioned language includes "s--t," "jackass," "bitch," "kick ass," "piss yourself," "son of a bitch," "asses," "a--hole," "screw you," "goddammit," "balls." Swearing in Spanish includes "puta," "hijo de puta," "pendejo," "mamon," and "huevos." A chubby student is called "gordita" affectionately but also "Peppa Pig."

Consumerism

Instagram, Twitter.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of drinking (by adults and teens) and cigarette smoking (by adults). Legal age of drinking in Mexico is 18, but at least some of the drinking, partying is done by underage high schoolers. No one seems to think it's odd that high school-age guys are getting drunk at a strip club/bar for a bachelor party. A groom gets so drunk that he vomits at the altar. A girl is so drunk that her boyfriend doesn't want to have sex, realizing she's not sober enough to know what she's doing.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that No Manches Frida 2 is a sequel to the popular Mexican high school-set comedy No Manches Frida. It's presented in Spanish with English subtitles. This time around, the gang is focusing on an interschool competition; if they don't do well, the department of education will close their school. Expect lots of strong language (both in Spanish and translated in English subtitles as "bitch," "s--t," and more) and sexual innuendo/humor, as well as scenes set in a strip club. There are also several scenes in which both adults and teens drink -- to the point of vomiting in public in one case and to the degree of not being able to consent to sex in another (the potential partner stops things because he recognizes his girlfriend is drunk). Violence is mostly played for laughs but includes pratfalls, brawls, and more. Mexican superstars Omar Chaparro and Martha Higareda return, and overall the movie is most likely to appeal to fans of the original.

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What's the story?

NO MANCHES FRIDA 2 starts off with the lead-up to the wedding of Frida Kahlo High School employees -- and "bad boy"/"good girl" couple -- Zequi (Omar Chaparro) and Lucy (Martha Higareda). Zequi promises that he won't get drunk at his bachelor party, but he still turns up at the ceremony completely wasted and ends up causing an embarrassing scene that interrupts the wedding. Lucy breaks up with him, but just as he begs her to give him a second chance, they face an even more pressing issue: The department of education has installed a strict new principal and is threatening to close the school. The teachers are ordered to get their students ready to compete in an interschool competition that's being held at a beach resort. If the students do well and place in various categories, the school will stay open. Complicating issues for a heartsick Zequi are the fact that he accidentally signed up his homeroom students for the dance competition instead of volleyball and that his main competition from a posh high school across town is Mario (Aarón Díaz ), Lucy's formerly nerdy boyfriend who's now a six-pack-sporting stud.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between No Manches Frida and No Manches Frida 2. Which one has clearer/more positive messages? Which one is funnier?

  • What do you think about the way the movie depicts teen romantic relationships? Why is it important that a boyfriend doesn't want to have sex with his drunk girlfriend?

  • Why do you think movies about underperforming/underdog students and schools are so compelling? How does this one compare to others?

  • Do you consider anyone in the movie a role model? If so, what character strengths do they display?

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