So Much Love to Give

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Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Wives plot revenge on cheating husband; language, violence.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 108 minutes

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Positive Messages

Emotions are like a rock thrown in a pond. It forms a ripple. You know where the ripple starts, but not where it ends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fernando is a lying cheat who strings along two wives for years. One wife becomes vengeful and violent, while the other, feeling angry and betrayed, still maintains her compassion.

Violence

A man lies constantly to his two wives and two sets of kids to maintain his secret polygamous relationships. A man falls off a roof. A man and woman punch each other in a comic fight scene. A woman threatens to literally cut her husband's testicles off. A man has a car accident and ends up temporarily in the hospital.

 

Sex

A dog that never had sex is neutered for medical reasons. A wife threatens to literally cut off her cheating husband's testicles.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "bastard," testicles," "penis," "damn," and "scum."

 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol. A man is slipped a drug that erases his memory and makes him compliant.

 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that So Much Love to Give (aka Corazón Loco) is an Argentinian comedy (with English subtitles) about a man who juggles two wives and families for nine years and is finally found out. The anxieties of keeping his lives separate dominate the first half, while the wrath of the enlightened wives takes up the rest. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "bastard," "testicles," "penis," and "damn." Two women plot to restrain the husband and remove his testicles. Adults drink alcohol. A man is slipped a drug that erases his memory and makes him compliant.

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What's the story?

When money got tight nine years before for surgeon Fernando (Adrian Suar) and his family, he picked up lucrative work at a hospital 200 miles away. For all those years, he's been driving away from his Mar del Plato home to split his week and work part time in Buenos Aires. That's the setup of SO MUCH LOVE TO GIVE. Unknown to Paula (Gabriela Tocscano), his wife of 19 years, he met Vera (Soledad Villamil), a neurologist at the new hospital. He married her, too, and they had a son. Ever since, he's lied to both, kept two cars, multiple apartments, and different wardrobes to maintain his separate lives. Fernando claims he loves both women deeply and that he has a "condition": a heart too big, with too much love to give. No one else sees it that way. When Paula shows up unexpectedly in Buenos Aires to surprise him for their anniversary, the scheme unravels. Paula is devastated, but Vera wants vengeance and dreams up a plot to surgically remove Fernando's testicles. Will the women go through with their plan?

Is it any good?

This movie offers so many unlikable characters that a plot ripe for a clever comedy falls surprisingly flat. The first half of So Much Love to Give is narrated by the cocky Fernando, leaving us at the mercy of his self-satisfied rationalizations for misleading two women. As soon as the women find out, the point of view switches to their determined efforts at revenge. This guy is such a smug creep that the only joy in watching this movie is in the hope that he'll receive a stiff comeuppance, yet castration at the hands of his neurologist wife seems over the top. The man and his two wives become caricatures who no longer hold our interest. The movie peters out without an ending as the writers seem to have run out of steam and ideas.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about people who try to secretly maintain two families. In what ways do you think this is wrong, particularly in countries and cultures in which it's against the law?

  • Fernando insists that he loves "too much" and that this "condition" excuses his being in love with and lying to two wives and their respective families in So Much Love to Give. Do you think he's lying to himself? Do you think his argument holds water? Why or why not?

  • How would you feel if you learned that a parent of yours had another family? Do you think Fernando selfishly failed to calculate the effect his actions might have on his kids? If so, why?

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