Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Charming stars in Mexican romcom; some sex, language.
  • PG-13
  • 2019
  • 120 minutes

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Positive Messages

Promotes relationships built on trust and honesty rather than pickup lines and games. The story also values unconditional friendship and close family ties.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adán and Mia are loyal to their friends, although they're also cynical about love and relationships. Adán and Mia eventually learn how to be real with each other instead of playing games by their dating rules. Toby and Margo fall in love despite not following Adán and Mia's rules.


A man seems like he's about to throw himself off a balcony to hurt himself, but then he falls accidentally and ends up hospitalized. A woman slaps and pushes her ex-boyfriend.


Lots of dates and kissing scenes, in addition to a few love scenes, all involving partially clothed couples. In one scene, a character has to walk in a crowded party with his naked rear end visible. Plenty of conversations about dating, picking up the opposite sex, and playing them for your own needs without getting hurt.


Occasional strong language in Spanish translated into English subtitles includes "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole" ("jodes," "puta," "mierda," "cabron," etc.).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink wine and cocktails at pubs, restaurants, and parties.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that [email protected] Caen is a Spanish-language romantic comedy from Mexico about two self-proclaimed relationship experts who claim to know how to easily seduce people without getting hurt -- and encourage their respective friends to follow their rules. The film reunites Mexican superstars Martha Higareda and Omar Chaparro (of the No Manches Frida movies) and has lots of sexual innuendo, a few semi-clothed make-out/love scenes, and brief partial nudity (a man's backside). There's also occasional strong language in Spanish translated into English subtitles ("s--t," "a--hole," "jerk," etc.) and a moment in which a character seems suicidal and then accidentally falls off a balcony and needs to be hospitalized (but lives). Adults drink wine and cocktails at pubs, restaurants, and parties.

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What's the story?

[email protected] CAEN reunites No Manches Frida co-stars/friends Martha Higareda and Omar Chaparro as Mia and Adán, both of whom believe they've mastered the art of dating without getting hurt. Mia is a talk-show producer who's hoping to start a new show called Todos Caen (They All Fall) geared toward empowering women to date according to her rules. Adán is an architect and master pickup artist who tries to teach his best friends how to get any woman to date them. When Adán claims he can get his bumbling pal Toby (Mauricio Barrientos) a date with a "10" like Margo (Claudia Alvarez), Mia's best friend, the two main characters keep giving conflicting advice to their earnest friends. As Margo and Toby become closer, Adán and Mia continue to espouse their rules and alternately flirt and ignore each other. When a network executive offers Mia her dream show if she can get commitment-phobic Adán to change his social media profile to "in a relationship," Mia must decide whether to consider their blossoming relationship fake or real.

Is it any good?

Charming celebs Higareda and Chaparro re-team as co-stars in this predictable but amusing romantic comedy about finding somebody to love when you least expect it. The romance in [email protected] Caen is more nuanced than the bad-boy/good-girl dynamic in No Manches Frida. Mia and Adán are both ambitious professionals with significant romantic experience; here the romcom cliché is that they're both playing romantic sidekicks with the goal of helping their best friends, though a smattering of the "contest"-style fake relationship is thrown in from Mia's perspective. But Higareda and Chaparro have enough chemistry to pull off the unoriginal premise. Plus, their on-screen besties are pretty funny as the opposites-attract Toby and Margo, who are each looking for much more than a casual hookup.

The movie has a chummy, labor of love feel. Higareda and Chaparro aren't just friends and co-stars; they're both producers. Higareda co-wrote the film with her filmmaker husband, Cory Brusseau. The movie's director, Ariel Winograd, has worked with many of the stars before, and Higareda's acting siblings have supporting parts in the story. It's a simple, accessible comedy in which the whole cast is clearly having a fun time, and that's hard not to enjoy. This isn't the sort of emotional or swoon-worthy romance that's going to end up on a "best of" list, but [email protected] Caen is just cute enough to work well for a streaming night in or a date night out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what elements make [email protected] Caen a traditional romantic comedy. What are some other romcoms with similar themes and characters?

  • How does the movie treat dating and sexual relationships? Which couple has the healthiest relationship, and why?

  • What's the appeal of re-teaming former co-stars for new movies? How does the romance in [email protected] Caen compare to the one in No Manches Frida?

  • Who, if anyone, do you consider a role model in the movie? What character strengths do they display?

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