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Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Y Tu Mamá También (2001, Mex./US) (aka And Your Mother Too)

In director Alfonso Cuaron's road movie:

  • the unrated tale of sexual discovery in the coming-of-age, sensual journey film about a road trip with two 17 year-old Mexican boys: Tenoch (Diego Luna) and Julio (Gael Garcia Bernal) and sexy and wise 28 year-old Spanish beauty Luisa Cortes (Maribel Verdu) to find an unspoiled mythical beach (known as Heaven's Mouth) - a beach which they actually came upon
  • the scene of the vicious fight between the two boys, leading to Luisa's ultimatum that if she continued the trip with them, they would have to play by her rules. ("We do things my way! One more fight and I'm gone for good!...Now we play by my rules") She counted out a 10-point Manifesto of rules - including: (1) "I won't f--k with any of you. F--k each other, if you wish", (2) "I sunbathe naked and I don't want you sniffing around like dogs", (3) "I pick the music," (4) "The moment I ask, please shut your mouths," (5) "You cook," (6) "No stories about your poor girlfriends," (7) "If I ask, stay 10 yards from me. Or better 100", (8) "Obviously, you do all the manual labor," (9) "You may not speak of things you don't agree on. Even better, just keep your mouths shut," (10) "You're not allowed to contradict me, much less push me"
  • the jukebox cantina sequence in which Luisa taught the two vulgar lads lessons about life, after having had sex with both of them separately; Tenoch asked: "Who f--ks better between us? The truth." She tried to answer diplomatically: "Despite the fiasco, you each have your own charms." She then advised: "You both have to quit whacking off and work up your resistance...Both of you, stop whacking off." She then told the waiter: "These boys don't know how to go down on a girl" - and then told Tenoch: "You were slurping like this was a lollipop. You have to be gentle. You have to make the clitoris your best friend...Search and you shall find. The greatest pleasure is giving pleasure." The trio then toasted: "Hail to the clit!"
  • the boys' jealous expression of sexual rivalry and boyish machismo over her, while also bragging about their sexual experiences (blow-jobs) with their girlfriends. While 'spilling their guts', both teens admitted that they had clandestinely slept with each other's girlfriend many times. Tenoch told how he had slept with Julio's girlfriend: "I f--ked Ceci a few times." Julio counterpunched: "No big deal. I poked Ana a bunch of times." Tenoch then claimed grossly: "So we're milk brothers!" Then Luisa offered another humorous toast: "To your girlfriends who are having 10 Italians at a time!" And shockingly, Julio also confessed that he had sex with Tenoch’s mother -- the basis for the film's title: "And your mother, too" - but was it said in jest or not? He claimed: "And your mother, too, you know?...Honestly, the day she cleaned my aura." The two boys raised their shot glasses: "Luisa! To all mothers!"
  • the film's most famous and pivotal scene - after dancing with both boys (one on each side) in the cantina, Luisa gradually led the boys to their hotel bedroom for a threesome. Luisa successfully encouraged the boys to kiss and to have sex with each other, and by the next morning, they woke up sleeping naked next to each other
  • the end of their journey at the isolated beach where the narrator (Daniel Giménez Cacho) explained the boys' departure, and provided Luisa's last words to the boys: 'Life is like the surf, so give yourself away like the sea.'
  • a flashforward scene one year later in a coffee shop that divulged Luisa's terminal illness


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