Rudo y Cursi Carlos Cuaron

Rudo y Cursi Carlos Cuaron
In case we needed reminding that Rudo y Cursi examines brotherhood, male bonding and the road to manhood, the titular brothers repeatedly call each other faggot and wrestle with soccer team-mates in the showers, while a narrator compares a woman to a soccer ball. They do have the good sense, however, to refrain from the delicate and obvious parallel of kicking a woman in the head to win a game. For those familiar with Alfonso Cuaron's 2001 sex-fuelled road trip Y Tu Mama Tambien, a movie that equated sagacity with escape and rural living, these amusing boyish jabs won't come as anything new. Unlike the critically revered Y Tu Mama, this excuse to reunite Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna delivers a reverse journey, as the boys leave their humble banana plantation to become big city soccer stars, devolving into crass capitalist stereotypes with drug and gambling addictions, along with token money-grubbing skanks to boot. While the material is handled loosely, wisely staying in the shallow end of the pool, an overwhelming sense of contrivance, with the whole "bickering brothers make it big, only to learn that their bond is more important than money" coming off as lazy and ineffectual. Perhaps this is an aside, as Rudo y Cursi seems far more concerned with geographic and political subtext than a narrative, seemingly out to attack Mexican class systems. In addition, the experience of seeing Gael Garcia Bernal dress up as a cowboy, singing Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" while doing a little choreographed dance almost makes up for the film's many shortcomings. Included with the DVD is a feature-length commentary with Bernal, Luna and Cuaron in Spanish with subtitles where they essentially rip on each other for the duration. A half-hour "Making Of" supplement sheds some light on artistic intentions and technical aspects, while teaser trailers and the full-length music video for the aforementioned Bernal ditty induce snickers. Deleted scenes are also included. (Sony)