JAMON JAMON, a romantic comedy from Spain, discloses a woman's plan to stop her son's marriage to the daughter of the town whore. On one level, one could argue that this film ridicules and satirizes an overly sensual, sexually oriented society; regrettably, it cannot elevate its audience's experience any higher than to that of a vulgar sexually exploitative, Saturday-night thrill.
In the Spanish film JAMON JAMON (which means HAM HAM), young Silvia works as an assembly line seamstress at the local factory making sexy underwear for men. Her father is a derelict and her mother is a bar keeper, and she is pregnant with her boyfriend’s baby. The diminutive boyfriend, Jose Luis, who from time to time also sleeps with Silvia’s mother, Carmen, wants to marry Silvia but his attempts to carry this out are resisted at every turn by Conchita, Jose Luis’ domineering mother, who claims Silvia just wants to marry him for their money. The situation gets more complicated when Carmen, Silvia’s mother, comes on to a man buying her pigs. He, in turn, wants to marry Silvia. A poetic ending brings all the characters together in a bizarre epilogue.
There are a few laughs in the movie, and lots of macho symbolism in the form of mock bullfights and large billboards featuring gigantic bulls. Too bad the sum total of this effort appeals to the basest, rather than the noblest instincts in man. In Galatians, Paul warns us about engaging in revelings as well as in many other works of the flesh. On one level, one could argue that this film ridicules and satirizes an overly sensual, sexually oriented society; sadly, it cannot elevate its audience’s experience any higher than to that of a vulgar, sexually exploitative affair and is not good enough to recommend to anyone.
(NA, LL, NNN, SSS) Pagan worldview; adult situations involving 10 obscenities & 4 profanities; several scenes with male/female frontal nudity; and, implied adultery & fornication throughout film.