Oscar Movies: Y Tu Mama Tambien

Mexican-born filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón is one of the most talented and versatile directors working in Hollywood today.
The film was screened to much acclaim at the Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals.

The film was a box-office hit wherever it played, and even the Academy showed its appreciation by nominated the original script for an Oscar. IFC Films, which released the picture domestically, scored one of its biggest commercial successes with a box-office gross of over $13 million.

Going back to his native country, Cuaron has made a raunchy comedy about two perpetually horny teenagers, who come from different social backgrounds. The bold lingo, candid depiction of drug use, and graphic portrayal of sexual conduct (including masturbation)
The film made an international star of Gael García Bernal, who later worked with Almodovar (Bad Education) and Walter Sallas, among others.

At 17, and with their respective girlfriends away in Europe, Julio Zapata and his upper-class friend Tenoch (Diego Luna) are eager to begin their summer season, which promises to be a fun one, full of drink, drugs, and lots of sex.

During a wedding, the duo meet Luisa (Maribel Verdú), the wife of Tenoch’s older and boring scholarly cousin, and before long they manipulate her into joining then on a road trip to Heaven’s Mouth, a made-up beach paradise they claim is on the Oaxacan coast. For her part, Luisa looks forward escape her troubled life for a while.

Tensions between the two friends begin to rise, when both take turns having sex Luisa, and what was meant to be meaningless sex becomes more personal act, based on rivalry for the girl’s time and affection. Driven by jealousy, the arguments threaten to destroy their friendship.

Truly erotic, without ever being crass or vulgar, as most American libidinous teen comedies are, Y Tu Mama Tambien is a variant of coming of age tale, which tests the definition of friendship, tackling sensitive issues of repressed anxieties, in and out of the
bedroom.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Original Screenplay: Carlos Cuaron and Alfonso Cuaron

Credits:

Running Time: 105 Minutes
MPAA: R
Running time: 105 Minutes.
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón
Written By: Carlos Cuarón, Alfonso Cuarón

Cast

Maribel Verdu as Luisa Cortes
Gael García Bernal as Julio Zapata
Diego Luna as Tenoch Iturbide
Diana Bracho as Silvia Allende de Iturbide
Emilio Echeverria as Miguel Iturbide