Y Tu Mama Tambien is a comedic, dark, and innuendo-filled coming of age story featuring Gael Bernal, Diego Luna and Maribel Verda in lead roles.
The story starts with two Mexican boys about to start university and travel to an imaginary beach with a woman in her late 20s named Luisa. All three characters discover their deepest desires and secrets about each other. Luisa helps the boys understand the complexity of adult existence and the quarrels it creates. Their complicated relationship with Luisa continues as they travel by car across Mexico, which is engrossed in very tense political times. The naivety and slapstick comedic nature of the boys contrasted with the seriousness of their surroundings and makes for a nice dichotomy. This dichotomy is bolstered by the 3rd person narration which gives a perspective on each boys’ life and a historical perspective on the political atmosphere in 1999 Mexico, often cut back to back. This causes the movies emotion to sway between very serious moments and a road trip comedy. One bright spot is a fisherman named Chula and his family, who are a heartfelt addition to the story and break up long periods of tense character development. The ending is unexpected and one not to spoil.
If you want to laugh, feel nervous, inspired, aroused and maybe even cry; you cannot miss Y Tu Mama Tambien. 4/4 Stars