This is the highest grossing Spanish-language film to open in North America and it’s aimed squarely at the family-film audience that Disney targets. Eugenio Derbez (who also co-wrote & directed) plays a ladies’ man, whose life is upended when one of his former girlfriends drops off her baby at his door. Seven years later, she shows back up to re-claim the daughter he’s raised. This is big on sentiment: broad comedy, dramatic conflict and tender emotion. Loreto Peralta (the daughter) is sweet and appealing. The audience around me was enthusiastic (some of the references are strictly cultural) and the movie is not without charms, but it’s not likely to appeal to English-speaking families because of the subtitles.
GAY ANGLE: It’s wonderful to see a major lesbian relationship accepted.
Director: David Twohy
Writers: David Twohy, Jim Wheat
Stars: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff
In this 2rd sequel, Vin Diesel is alone on a barren planet. First, he fends off an assortment of lethal alien animals, then 2 teams of bounty hunters land to provide human foes. It’s like a reverse slasher flick: you’re rooting for this seemingly superhuman slasher to dispatch the others one by one. The quality varies widely: some of the visuals scream fake, others are cool. The dialogue is leaden and dumb, esp. with Diesel’s gravelly tone. The action is plentiful, but not often special.
Fans of the genre (or the star) may find it enjoyable.
GAY ANGLE: The only woman in the film is a tough, unapologetic lesbian.