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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Y Tu Mamá También ("And Your Mother Too") is in Spanish with English subtitles. There aren't any opening credits, so it starts right off the bat in the middle of a graphic sex scene and takes off from there. Bare breasts and buttocks are visible and there's simulated thrusting and orgasm. Sex and nudity, both male and female, are frequent throughout the movie, sometimes between an adult and a teen, briefly between three people, and once it's implied that two male teens had sex. There's also a lot of frank talk about sex, like specific positions or techniques and the curve of a penis. Precautions and consequences aren't talked about, but condoms are mentioned a couple of times. Profanity is also frequent, including (in translation) "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "t--ties," and "faggot." Teens frequently drink, smoke, get stoned, and once talk about taking ecstasy. It's not for kids, but it's a touching, if raunchy, story of friendship and opening yourself up to life's possibilities.
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What's the story?
Y TU MAMÁ TAMBIÉN tells the story of the friendship between Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio (Gael García Bernal) as they come to the end of high school and start to think about their futures. With their girlfriends off in Europe for the summer, Tenoch and Julio don't have much to do, so they spend most of their time pursuing pleasure wherever they can get it. When they meet Luisa (Maribel Verdú), a beautiful and slightly older woman, they invite her to join them on a road trip to the beach. To their surprise, she accepts the invitation, so the three set out of Mexico City with a car full of camping gear and a vague set of directions. Freedom and the open road bring out surprising truths, half-truths, betrayals, and discoveries that none could anticipate.
Is it any good?
It's a remarkable achievement to take two mostly unlikeable, raunchy teens and craft a bittersweet, moving, coming-of-age movie that has you rooting for the boys almost before you know it. Acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón does just that with Y Tu Mamá También, thanks largely to the amazing performances he gets from his two young costars, so vibrant and full of life that they'll stay with you long after the closing credits.
The fantastic script places Luisa directly between the two, and thanks to Maribel Verdu's strong performance she challenges them, and the audience, to think about life, what it has to offer, what we have to bring to our own and others' lives, truth, sex, friendship, loyalty, growing up, and more. Absolutely not for kids because of the graphic sex, profanity, and drug use, but a great way to start thoughts and conversations about life for those ready for the strong content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the sex in Y Tu Mamá También. Is it gratuitous? Does it tell you anything about the story or the characters? How much is too much in movies?
What about the drinking, drugs, and smoking? Are any consequences shown? What are some of the real risks in underage drinking and smoking pot?
How much profanity is OK in movies? Why? Does the profanity seem realistic to you?
- In theaters: June 8, 2001
- On DVD or streaming: October 22, 2002
- Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Maribel Verdu
- Director: Alfonso Cuaron
- Studio: IFC Films
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship
- Run time: 106 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: Strong sexual content involving teens, drug use, and language
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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