This is a film that is on the surface a
road trip to an imaginary exotic beach taken by two teenage Mexican
boys and an older but still young woman. But the real story
around this trip is the coming of age and learning about life,
experiencing social and cultural clashes, learning about sex, and
living out your dreams.
movie begins by us meeting Julio and Tenoch, who are two teenage
best friends who seem to spend most of their time either having sex
with their girlfriends or talking to each other about sex.
When their girlfriends decide to spend the summer touring Italy, the
two boys realize that their summer vacation will be one of boredom
and no sex. While attending a wedding, the friends meet a
stunning married woman named Luisa and they start discussing her
desire of visiting a beach and the friends make up this story about
this great, exotic beach that no one knows about. After
receiving a devastating phone call from her husband who is away on a
trip, Luisa persuades the boys to take her to this beach and they
comply, of course without a clue to where they are going. Then
the story begins with the trip in the car to this beach and the
adventures which await all three of them.
American audiences, this film will be a shock to many due to the
frankness of the sex scenes, nudity, and sexual talk which permeates
the entire film. Especially due to the young ages of the
actors. But all of this is real and necessary to the story,
not like the dumb gratuitous sex scenes which seem to be shown in
most Hollywood films. The two main characters are teenage boys
making their plans for college, so their infatuation with sex is
real and natural. Another aspect of this film which makes it
very interesting is how the director shows the clash of cultures
which exist in Mexico. We see two young middle class teenagers
living the good life and then all of a sudden the camera takes us to
the kitchen of the restaurant they are eating in and we see an
entire family making the food to make ends meet.
There is also a lot of humor in this film which seems to fit
perfectly with the age and personality of the characters. The
adolescent sexual jokes and dialogue are natural and not forced.
As the trip unfolds, the two boys and Luisa find things out about
themselves and each other which eventually will test their
friendships to the limit. The acting here is very good and you
care about the characters and what happens to them. The
director uses a voice-over narration often in the film and uses a
most unique way to do this which makes the audience sit up and pay
attention to what is being said. All of a sudden, the voices
and sounds heard on the screen will completely stop and all you hear
is the voice of the narrator. I've never seen this technique
used before and it has a neat effect.
While the film may not be as emotionally powerful as one might
expect, it is never the less a very interesting, original and