In HOW TO BE A WOMAN AND NOT DIE IN THE ATTEMPT, a 42-year-old housewife named Carmen Maura struggles with family problems and the working world where women are confronted with strong male attitudes. Although the movie is occasionally funny, it offers few insights, and wallows in foul language, sexual situations, and drug use.
In HOW TO BE A WOMAN AND NOT DIE IN THE ATTEMPT, a 42-year-old housewife named Carmen Maura struggles with family problems and male attitudes. Carmen is married to Antonio, her third husband, who works as a record producer and expects home to be a refuge after an exhausting day’s work. Carmen has two children, Sergio and Marta, from her previous marriages and has adopted Diego, Antonio’s son from his previous marriage. The Spanish have a way with their droll humor; however, this family’s superficial relationships and empty worldviews are not funny but sad. Two incomes are the norm, but not due to economic necessity. In addition to being a housewife, Carmen works as a journalist for a newspaper. Pitifully, Sergio smokes pot and Marta carries condoms in her purse. Feeling overwhelmed, Carmen contemplates another divorce. Eventually, Carmen leaves Antonio hanging in a surprise ending.
Although the movie is occasionally funny, it wallows in foul language, sexual situations and drug use. Overall, HOW TO BE A WOMAN AND NOT DIE IN THE ATTEMPT falls short, offering little insight into the world of men and women. This tableau of “everyday life” is generally sophomoric.
(LL, NN, SS, A/D) Over 20 obscenities & profanities; male and female nudity; explicit bedroom scenes, use of condoms, & fornication; and, smoking marijuana.