Ya Veremos

Movie review by
Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Spanish-language dramedy has language, iffy decisions.
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 97 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Divorced parents put their differences aside when their son faces a very serious medical situation, so familial love conquers all. Characters reset their priorities, including work, during the crisis. But this latter lesson is presented problematically.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adult characters are willing to drop everything, including negative feelings toward each other, when their child is in crisis. But the rest is a mixed bag, as the main characters all engage in iffy behavior, too. The father is a doctor whose great "lesson" is that he doesn't necessarily need to be available to his patients when they have emergencies. Plus, one character is repeatedly fat-shamed, and a Japanese man is portrayed as fearful and not masculine.

Violence

An ex-girlfriend beats up the male lead (knee to the groin, a couple of other blows), but he's not offended, and it's played for laughs. Mild peril in a kid-driving scene. Other mild slapstick including waterskiing spills.

Sex

Discussion of an ailing 11-year-old boy wanting to see a naked woman before he loses his sight, followed by the parents' attempts to make this happen. As a result, a woman is tricked into getting naked (not shown) in a shower for the boy to see. This very serious consent issue is played for laughs.

Language

Infrequent strong language includes one "f---ing" and one "goddamn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Mexican hit Ya Veremos ("We'll See") is a dramedy about divorced parents (Mauricio Ochmann and Fernanda Castillo) who are forced to put aside their differences and take their 11-year-old son, Santi (Emiliano Aramayo), on a bucket-list tour when they find out he's facing potential blindness. Expect slapstick humor and farcical situations, with some very iffy decisions. The parents scheme to fulfill Santi's wish to see a naked woman by tricking one of the dad's exes into exposing herself to the boy (not shown, but implied). The same woman also beats up the dad in a scene played for laughs. Language is very infrequent but includes single uses of "f---ing" and "goddamn"; one character is also frequently fat-shamed. The film's positive messages about the power of family and love are undermined by the silly way it depicts questionable behavior. The movie is in Spanish with English subtitles.

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What's the story?

In YA VEREMOS, recently divorced Rodrigo (Mauricio Ochmann) and Alejandra (Fernanda Castillo) co-parent their 11-year-old son, Santi (Emiliano Aramayo), as Alejandra prepares to remarry. When Santi is diagnosed with a condition that may soon cost him his sight, his mom and dad must put aside their differences. The reunified "family" goes on a comic bucket-list trip before the boy's fateful surgery.

Is it any good?

This slapstick-heavy dramedy's goodwill is undercut by its contrivances, insensitivities, and characters' iffy decisions. Ya Veremos ("We'll See") feels too neat. It's hard not to be aware of the plot's clockwork nature, hard not to feel we're being moved from one artificial situation to another in the name of getting the parents' priorities straight. But even that circumstance isn't convincingly set up: Rodrigo's great sin in the marriage was that, as a dedicated doctor, he tended to patients who depended on him. And Alejandra's journey is muddled at best.

In search of laughs, the film allows one character to be repeatedly fat-shamed and depicts the Japanese husband of a pregnant woman as un-masculine, weak, and fearful. And when Santi says he wants to see a naked woman in the flesh, his parents trick Rodrigo's ex-lover (a woman who's still desperately, obsessively in love with him) into exposing herself to the boy. Ha ha? They also let him drive in heavy traffic, and one character who's done nothing wrong gets shafted in the name of a "happy" ending. There's some charm in the cast, but ultimately this Mexican hit feels like a TV movie in the old, negative sense. Its conflicts are unconvincing, its solutions convenient, and its laughs few and far between.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the iffy decisions in Ya Veremos. What do you think of how they handled Santi's request to see a nude woman? Was it fair to her to trick her into that situation? What did that sequence teach Santi about consent?

  • What did you think of the way the overweight male nurse and henpecked Japanese husband were portrayed? Are these depictions stereotypes?

  • Did the film seem believable to you? Does that matter?

Movie details

For kids who love to laugh

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