Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Movie location: Mexico
Movie Genre: Comedy/Drama
Type of Spanish: Mexican
Swearing and Slang: ¡Mucho!
Netflix Instant Streaming: Yes
Family Friendly: No. Rated R
Last night I watched Y Tu Mamá También for the 3rd time. I am proud to say that I understood a lot more Spanish without reading the subtitles than I did when I last watched it in 2008. However, I was less pleased than I expected to be able to understand so much because it seemed that every other word was either swearing or talking about something foul. The teacher in me is still conditioned to glare at students who swear in Spanish at school, so the reflex was strong throughout this entire movie and took away from my enjoyment a bit.
I struggle with whether or not to recommend this movie to people who are learning Spanish. So, instead of recommending it or not, I’ll lay out a few pros and cons and you can decide for yourself if you’d like to watch it.
Pro: The movie takes place in Mexico, so the Spanish that you hear throughout is very similar to what you hear around you if you live in the United States. You can read the English subtitles and listen to learn new words and phrases.
Con: There is lots of swearing in this movie, so be careful with using any new phrases that you pick up by listening!
Pro: It’s a type of coming-of-age story that involves a road trip. Always a good formula for a plot.
Con: The young guys who are the main characters (Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna) annoyed me! They were jerks most of the time and didn’t have many redeeming qualities.
Pro: There is a lot of nudity and sex. If you enjoy movies like this, then you’ll like Y Tu Mamá También.
Con: There is a lot of nudity and sex. If this offends you, or there are kids around, then definitely skip this movie.