Latin Boys Go To Hell

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

Reminiscent of Pedro Almodovar's roughest early work -- circa PEPI, LUCI, BOM AND OTHER GIRLS ON THE HEAP -- this melodramatic, supremely self-aware sex farce is driven by a gaudy energy that produces such visual equations as loss of virginity and the rupture of a pinata. The Latin boys are Justin (Irwin Ossa), who's in love with Angel (John Bryant Davila),...read more

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Reminiscent of Pedro Almodovar's roughest early work -- circa PEPI, LUCI, BOM AND OTHER GIRLS ON THE HEAP -- this melodramatic, supremely self-aware sex farce is driven by a gaudy energy that produces such visual equations as loss of virginity and the

rupture of a pinata. The Latin boys are Justin (Irwin Ossa), who's in love with Angel (John Bryant Davila), the straight cousin from Chicago who's come to stay with Justin's family in Queens, and Braulio (Alexis Artiles), who's smitten with callous, swaggering stud muffin Carlos (Mike Ruiz). All

are fans of Dos Vidas, an overwrought, Spanish-language soap opera about the intertwined love lives of twins inevitably named Sombra (Guinevere Turner) and Luz. Braulio, who's positively addicted to the show's hysterical emotional highs, takes its overwrought lessons to heart and plots

flamboyant revenge when he learns Carlos is cheating on him. The quartet, and several lesser characters, are brought together by the downtown club they all frequent and the downtown photographer (Annie Iobst) for whom most of them pose: Her ongoing, salaciously arty photo essay on nude Latin men

provides many of the film's more striking images. The acting quality is variable and the narrative often stumbles along aimlessly, but this extravagantly self-assured little movie has a refreshing swagger that bodes well for first-time director Ela Troyano.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Reminiscent of Pedro Almodovar's roughest early work -- circa PEPI, LUCI, BOM AND OTHER GIRLS ON THE HEAP -- this melodramatic, supremely self-aware sex farce is driven by a gaudy energy that produces such visual equations as loss of virginity and the rup… (more)

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