"Flawed Comic Morality Tale"
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HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER has some funny, touching moments centered on Maximo’s budding friendship with his nephew. However, the really funny moments are few. Also, the touching moments, which lead to a morally uplifting premise and conclusion, are marred by too many sexual innuendoes and a fair amount of foul language. Finally, although Maximo eventually treats his family better, he still wants to marry a rich older woman. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
(B, PaPa, CapCap, P, LL, V, S, N, A, D, MM) Light moral worldview promoting family marred by some strong immoral pagan content where comic protagonist has to learn some moral lessons, but he doesn’t fully change for the best, plus some strong pro-capitalist content supporting hard work and perseverance to get ahead, mostly seen in the protagonist’s younger sister, who is a struggling architect; 12 obscenities (six “s” words) and nine light profanities, plus an obscene gesture shown, some passing gas jokes, and man sits on toilet in one scene with a crude comical ending; some light comical violence and slapstick humor, such as sister slaps her brother several times with a floppy tortilla, man slaps other man several times, two men wanting their money back grab their victim by his crotch, and one of them makes a crude comment when he leaves, young woman living with lots of cats has some bloody scratches and bandages, men fight and wrestle on the ground at a child’s birthday party, man in wheelchair comically knocked over by three vehicles accidentally, man flipping large advertisement cardboard sign loses control, and it lands on a moving police car’s windshield, and two men accidentally yank woman’s two prosthetic arms out of their sockets; implied adulterous sex when protagonist comes home to find his elderly wife with a much younger man, and she kicks him, plus many comical innuendoes and double entendres about sex (such as woman uses euphemisms to talk about the fact she hasn’t had sexual relations since her husband died five years ago, man teaches boy to walk in a sexy manner, references to “poking,” and man comically talks about being too nerdy may keep you a virgin), and man and woman passionately kiss in a kitchen, and the man lifts her up onto the counter to kiss her some more; man wears tight and revealing bathing trunks, photos of women in skimpy bikinis with a reference to strippers, upper male nudity in several scenes, and some female cleavage in a few scenes; alcohol use; brief smoking but no drugs; and, strong miscellaneous immorality includes protagonist’s friend deceives him, protagonist does something to his sister’s car without her permission, protagonist as a young boy wants to grow up to be a gigolo and a trophy husband to an older rich women, protagonist acts very lazy and selfish but becomes less selfish, and 45-year-old protagonist searches for another rich older woman to marry after his elderly wife of 25 years finds a younger man to replace him.
HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER is a crossover comedy mostly in English, with some Spanish dialogue in it. The story is about a Mexican man who grows up to become a gigolo married to a much older American woman for 25 years, but he has to find another rich woman when his wife kicks him out. Eventually, HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER focuses on a sweet story about the gigolo trying to connect with his 10-year-old nephew and his sister, but that positive element is marred by lots of innuendo and some foul language.
The movie opens in Mexico. The hard-working, truck driving father of a young family falls asleep at the wheel and dies. So, his son, Maximo, tells his sister, Sara, that he doesn’t want to work hard when he grows up. Instead, he points to the photo of a beautiful trophy wife of a much older man, telling Sara he’d rather be a gigolo.
Ten years later, a 20-year-old Maximo seduces a rich older lady named Peggy, and they get married. Twenty-five years later, however, Peggy is still alive, but Maximo is nothing if not adaptable, and he enjoys using Peggy’s money. However, Peggy kicks Maximo out of the house when she finds a younger man, the guy who sells luxury cars to Maximo.
Maximo shows up at his sister, Sara’s, apartment. A widow and a struggling architect, Sara lives with her cute 10-year-old son, Hugo. Reluctantly, Sara takes in Maximo.
Maximo learns that Hugo has a secret crush on a schoolmate, who’s the granddaughter of a rich, beautiful woman. The girl is going to have a birthday party at the grandma’s mansion. In order to get close to the grandmother, Maximo starts to teach Hugo how to behave around girls like Maximo does.
Comical complications ensue.
HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER has some funny, touching moments centered on Maximo’s budding friendship with his nephew. However, the funny moments are few and far between. Also, the sweet and touching moments, which lead to a morally uplifting premise and conclusion, are marred by too many crude innuendoes and a fair amount of foul language. Finally, although Maximo eventually treats his family better, he still wants to marry a rich older woman and live off her wealth. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.