Y Tu Mamá También

Give yourself always as the sea, says Verdú, who does just that.

Give yourself always as the sea, says Verdú, who does just that.


MGM Home Entertainment, $26.98

GIVEN THE RAUNCH on this unrated movie’s original April release, one might’ve expected even more salacious deleted scenes. Alas, there are only three short outtakes—including one where Julio (Gael Garc��Bernal) gets a hand job from his girlfriend while her parents obliviously drive them to the airport. Apparently all the erotic energy found its way into the finished print.

Buy the DVD (released Oct. 22) if you love the movie, not if you demand muchas extras. There’s an amusing sex-farce short by director Alfonso Cuar�Me La Debes, or “You Owe Me One”), a making-of doc that shows infectiously high spirits on the set, and commentary only by Gen-Y leads Bernal and Diego Luna, for which this critic—no technophobe—was unable to find the subtitles on the single-disc package. (Since he directed Great Expectations and The Little Princess in English, would it really have been so hard to secure Cuar� cooperation?)

On the behind-the-scenes featurette, Cuar�ays that his excellent cinematographer, Emmanual Lubezki, somehow inspired the smutty-serious, Godard-tinged road-trip script, then leaves the remark hanging. With its two horn-dog heroes gradually waking up to issues of class, poverty, and mortality on their journey, MamἯI> does make you wonder about what level of denial is necessary for bourgeois hedonists to treat their poor country like Club Med. But it’s admittedly fun to watch the actors clowning around in their decrepit 1983 Chrysler LeBaron wagon, and Maribel Verd is certainly easy on the eyes.

OCT. 29 BRINGS James Toback’s autobiographical Harvard Man (which never got a Seattle release); David Arquette squashing giant spiders in Eight Legged Freaks; the true-life cannibalism doc Keep the River on Your Right; and Tim Allen in The Santa Clause, pegged to its sequel opening Nov. 1. Also look for three rarely screened titles by Iranian female director Tahmineh Milani: The Hidden Half, Two Women, and Forbidden Relations, which provide clues as to what’s happening with women in the Islamic republic. For a few yucks, check out Scotland, PA, a ’70s- besotted comic restaging of Macbeth with Christopher Walken.

Brian Miller


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