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Sunday, April 30, 2017

How To Be A Latin Lover (2017)

A middle aged Latino (Eugenio Derbez) has made a living out of living off rich older women. When his 80 year old wife (Renee Taylor) of 25 years gives him the boot for a new boy toy (Michael Cera), he's penniless (signed a pre-nup) and is forced to move in with his estranged sister (Salma Hayek) and her nerdy 10 year old son (Raphael Alejandro, who's adorable). The feature film directorial debut of actor Ken Marino is a good natured sweet comedy. I know that sounds like damning praise but I don't mean it to be. Its heart is in the right place and there are plenty of legitimate laughs to be found. Derbez isn't well known to U.S. audiences but he's one of Mexico's biggest stars and one can see his appeal. It's definitely not a critics kind of movie but audiences looking for a pleasant two hours will get their money's worth. The film manages to be both family friendly while still offering some bad taste humor: I think I was the only one who laughed when a car hit a man in a wheelchair the first time. The film has a lot of familiar faces in small roles and the entire cast is game for the adventure including Raquel Welch (she's got to be the sexiest 76 year old on the planet!), Kristen Bell, Rob Lowe, Linda Lavin (TV's ALICE), Rob Corddry, Rob Riggle and Rob Huebel (I guess Rob Schneider wasn't available). 

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