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The Mexican Review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Can't lift the double curse of too little genuine action, as opposed to quixotic events, and too many fancy words.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Superstars usually avoid movies this spiritless, and it's tough to believe anyone could read this script and fail to realize the movie wouldn't end up going anywhere.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's not the fault of "The Sopranos" charismatic, beefy star (Gandolfini) that he's an actor of such substance and quiet ardor as to make idle movie star ribbitting look frivolous.

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Iffy for 16+

An interesting mess for older teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is very violent, with a lot of shooting, graphic injuries, and the deaths of important characters. A woman commits suicide when her lover is killed. Characters drink and smoke and one character is drunk. There are mild sexual references, including a homosexual relationship. Some of the Mexican characters could be considered stereotypes, but then so could some of the American characters.

  • Families can talk about how people work out the complexities of relationships and why it is that so many of the characters care more about relationships than about money or the life and death situations all around them. The idea that "the past doesn't matter -- it's the future that counts" is a beguiling one -- is it true? Under what circumstances? Leroy talks about being "surrounded by lonliness and finality," and about how the people who die having loved are different from those who die alone. This is worth discussing, along with the way that Sam and Jerry begin to think about their relationship as being special enough so that they cannot walk away from it. Families may also want to talk about the way that Jerry's friend justifies participating in criminal acts by compartmentalizing, explaining that he is just doing his "portion."

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Tendency to sterotype Mexican nationals.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Very violent, several deaths, including major characters.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some sexual references.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking, character drinks too much.