The 2001 coming-of-age indie hit Y Tu Mamá También singlehandedly put Mexican cinema on the Hollywood circuit. Thanks to the on-screen chemistry (sexual and otherwise) of childhood friends and leading actors, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna—and the talents of director Alfonso Cuarón and his brother, screenwriter Carlos Cuarón—the demand for these actors and filmmakers skyrocketed. Eight years and many successful films later, Bernal and Luna are back together in the new dramedy Rudo y Cursi, directed by Carlos Cuarón, as stepbrothers who quit their farm jobs to play professional soccer in Mexico City. Although this film can be categorized as the typical rags-to-riches story, the real draw is the intense dynamic and impeccable comic timing between the two stars. We only wish they were in every film together. At tonight’s preview screening, both Luna and Bernal will be on hand for the introduction. There better be a medic on site.
Wed., May 6, 7 p.m., 2009