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How To Be A Latin Lover Blu-ray Review


“How To Be A Latin Lover” is a long 115 minutes.

From a young Maximo wanted to be a trophy husband to a rich woman. He gets his wish when he marries a wealthy old woman. Alas, after 25 years, Maximo gets dumped and is left broke and homeless. With nowhere else to go, he is forced to stay with his sister (Sara) and her son (Hugo). While they were close in their youth, Maximo and Sara’s family bond has been strained over the years. Unsure of what to do next, Maximo has his sights set on a rich widowed grandmother (Celeste). In order to get to her, Maximo uses Hugo and his crush on Celeste’s granddaughter. Can Maximo go back to his dream life or will his selfish ways sabotage his life as well as others?

When I heard that “How To Be A Latin Lover” was originally pitched as a TV series, it explained a lot. This movie does not feel like a movie. It felt like a TV movie or a TV pilot turned into a movie and a terribly unfunny one at that. Throughout the aforementioned 115 minute runtime (there is no reason for this movie to be that long), there’s nary a laugh to be had here unless you find lame puns and lines about horse pills, death, innuendos, plastic arms and “pull my finger” jokes amusing. Most of the time, the so-called comedy simply tries too hard to be phony amidst its very phony and one-note script. Granted, I will give the film credit for being largely character focused, but there’s nothing nuanced or complex here. It’s all out in the open.

Perhaps the most perplexing thing about this movie is the almost random cast and crew. Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, and Raquel Welch star in it, comedy veteran Ken Marino directs, and the likes of Michael Cera, Rob Corddry, Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel, Ben Schwartz, Weird Al, and Kristen Bell have cameos and or small parts. It’s decidedly one of the weirdest and most unexpected film crews ever assembled, but unfortunately, everyone’s talents here are wasted. The lone stand-out here is a relatively unknown child actor named Raphael Alejandro who plays Hugo. He steals the show from everyone and gives the most heartfelt and real performance here.


Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? An expectedly crisp hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 5.1 track does the job at handling the music and dialogue.

Extras: * DVD copy and Digital copy. * Lionsgate trailers. * 33 ½ minutes of deleted and extended scenes. Some of these jokes are definitely better than what was in the movie. * “Show Me Your Sexy! Learning How To Be A Latin Lover”- A 17 ½ minute featurette that contains interviews, discussions about how the project came about, set footage and stories, talks about sexyness, and more. * A talkative but rather flat commentary by Ken Marino, Ben Odell and John Daigle.

August 6, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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