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What You Need To Know:
Like many romantic comedies, LA BODA DE VALENTINA is sometimes a bit cheesy, but it’s filled with many laughs and a lot of family love. Although a lot of it is Spanish humor, the viewer doesn’t have to speak that language to enjoy this movie. Despite its moral, redemptive moments, the movie has a strong Romantic worldview where the main character lives according to the desires of her heart. LA BODA DE VALENTINA also has an excessive amount of foul language, plus some sexual innuendo and scenes of alcohol abuse. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
LA BODA DE VALENTINA is an R-rated Mexican romantic comedy about a young woman engaged to her current boyfriend in New York, who learns her father, who’s running for mayor, forged a marriage certificate to her ex-boyfriend in Mexico to get out of a jam. LA BODA DE VALENTINA is full of laughter and contains some pro-family elements, but it has lots of foul language, some alcohol abuse, innuendoes, and a strong Romantic worldview where the title character lives according to the desires of her heart.
As the movie opens, Valentina’s happy life with her boyfriend, Jason, in New York City gets even happier when he asks for her hand in marriage. She insists on them getting married in the United States and not involving her family in the affair at all. Meanwhile, in Mexico City, Valentina’s father is the middle of a campaign for city mayor. After a few wild family scandals, Valentina’s father needs to suddenly put his assets into the name of someone not in the immediate family. The solution he comes up with is to forge a marriage certificate between Valentina and a friend of the family, Angel, who just so happens to be Valentina’s ex-boyfriend.
Back in New York, Valentina is applying for her green card and is surprisingly denied. She learns she’s married by law in Mexico to Angel and so now cannot have another wedding until it’s sorted out. She tells her fiancé her father is sick and returns home to Mexico City to divorce Angel and finally marry Jason.
Once she arrives back home, Valentina is convinced by her father to stay legally married to Angel only for a month in order to help out with his campaign. The longer she stays in Mexico, however, the longer she begins to remember what her life was like with her family, and when she was with Angel. Just as she’s beginning to warm back up to her ex-boyfriend, Jason surprises her with a visit to Mexico City, along with his mother, in order to plan the wedding.
Valentina is now torn between the life she chose with Jason in New York and the life she used to know in Mexico City. Now, she has to search her heart and discover which place fits her best and will make her more happy.
LA BODA DE VALENTINA is full of heart and laughter. Although some of the lines are a bit cheesy, this Mexican comedy translates to any language and is sure to bring out laughs. It’s done in the stereotypical romantic comedy style, but is done well and even has a few unexpected twists. It also contains some great family values and teaches that, though some family members can be really embarrassing, the bonds with them can bring joy and warmth. There are also moments where a character sacrifices their own happiness for someone else’s happiness.
However, LA BODA DE VALENTINA has a strong, overarching Romantic worldview, where the main characters follow their hearts and pursue personal happiness without God. Thus, the movie’s questionable content is rather high with an excessive amount of foul language, some alcohol abuse, and some sexual innuendo. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution, including for adults.