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How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 28 April 2017 (USA)
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Finding himself dumped after twenty-five years of marriage, a man who made a career of seducing rich older women must move in with his estranged sister, where he begins to learn the value of family.

Director:

Ken Marino

Writers:

Jon Zack, Chris Spain
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugenio Derbez ... Maximo
Salma Hayek ... Sara
Raphael Alejandro ... Hugo
Rob Lowe ... Rick
Kristen Bell ... Cindy
Mckenna Grace ... Arden
Raquel Welch ... Celeste
Linda Lavin ... Millicent
Renée Taylor ... Peggy
Rob Corddry ... Quincy
Rob Riggle ... Scott
Rob Huebel ... Nick
Michael Cera ... Remy
Mather Zickel ... James
Vadhir Derbez ... Maximo (Age 21)
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Dumped by his extremely rich eighty-year-old wife for a younger boy-toy after twenty-five years of prosperous marriage, pampered, yet penniless gold-digger Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) is forced to take matters into his own hands, perhaps for the first time in his once luxurious life. As a result, the aging gigolo will have no other choice but to seek shelter with his estranged widowed sister Sara (Salma Hayek) and his ten-year-old nephew Hugo (Raphael Alejandro), completely unprepared though for a rude awakening coupled with a big slice of real-life on the side. But once a seducer, always a seducer, and as spoiled Maximo struggles to squeeze out one decent idea that would throw him back into the arms of yet another fabulously wealthy widow, a new opportunity will appear; one that includes a profitable first-rate tutorship in how to be the perfect Casanova. Written by Nick Riganas

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Age is a Number, Sexy is Forever. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for crude humor, sexual references and gestures, and for brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Trivia

In this movie and on Parks and Recreation (2009), Rob Lowe's character dates a woman named Millicent. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene shows a picture of a young Maximo and his family standing together in front of a wall. The picture is stuck to the dashboard of Maximo's father's truck. By the "bouncing" shown in the shot,the truck is obviously suppose to be moving. The next scene shows the father and his truck driving down a road to substantiate that fact. However, when you look at the instruments, there are no amps being drawn, and the coolant temperature gauge is reading down below the lowest end of the cold range, indicating that the truck is not running, as hasn't been. See more »

Quotes

Maximo: Lesson No. 1: eye contact is power!
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Connections

Remade as Just a Gigolo (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Gotta Learn to Love
Written by Freeman King
Performed by The Vanguard
Courtesy of Now-Again and LAMP Records
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"How to Be a Latin Lover" is predictable, but pleasant, sweet and funny.
30 April 2017 | by dave-mcclainSee all my reviews

Eugenio Derbez. Recognize the name? If not, you're probably not a big fan of Latin cinema. But even if you watch only English-language movies and avoid subtitles like the plague, you're likely to hear more about Derbez. He's a Mexican actor, comedian and writer, as well as a director and producer of TV and movies. According to Wikipedia, Derbez "is one of the most influential creative forces in Latin America, and is one of the most recognized actors among the Spanish-speaking population in the US." His 2013 comedy-drama "Instructions Not Included", which he starred in, co-wrote and directed, became the first Spanish-language film to top $100 million in worldwide box office. In 2014, Variety magazine called Derbez "the most influential Hispanic male in the entertainment industry." 2017 marks his first starring role in a (mostly) English-language feature film, the comedy "How to Be a Latin Lover" (PG-13, 1:55).

Maximo (Derbez) is living the dream. He's well-ensconced in the lap of luxury and he's a kept man – thanks to his very rich and much older wife (Renée Taylor). This was his plan all along – to use his Latin charms to get a sugar mama and never have to work a day in his life. Maximo was doing great, living in a mansion, driving expensive cars, etc., until his benefactor decides to give him his walking papers, which, in this case, is a copy of the prenup that he signed years earlier. With no money and nowhere to live, he wants to move in with his fellow gigolo, Rick (Rob Lowe), but that wouldn't go over very well with Rick's rich (and kinky) aged lover, Millicent (Linda Lavin). This lands Maximo on the doorstep of his estranged sister, Sara (Salma Hayek), single mother to nerdy, sweet, 10-year-old Hugo (Raphael Alejandro). None of the three of them are particularly happy about this turn of events, but, hey, family is family, right? Maximo fully intends for his humiliating slumming with Sara and Hugo to be a temporary arrangement. He's on the prowl, looking for his next mark. He thinks he finds her in an extremely wealthy widow named Celeste (Raquel Welch), but she seems impossible to get to, especially with her chauffeur (Rob Corddry) doubling as her omnipresent gatekeeper. While Maximo works out a plan, he gets money by conning a couple of bone-headed local businessmen (Rob Riggle and Ron Huebel) and working for the manager (Kristen Bell) at a frozen yogurt shop. Maximo thinks he sees his way into Celeste's life when he learns that Hugo has a crush on his classmate, Arden (Mckenna Grace), who happens to be Celeste's granddaughter. But getting his foot in the wealthy grandmother's expensive doors will require Maximo to teach his nephew how to be a miniature Latin lover and win Arden's affections, while distracting Sara by pushing her into the arms of a neighbor (Ilan Arditti) with whom Sara shares a mutual attraction.

"How to Be a Latin Lover" is predictable, but pleasant, sweet and funny. Although formulaic, its basic premise is fairly original and enjoyable. Derbez is equal parts charismatic and entertaining, while the rest of the talented cast is game for whatever the writers and director send their way. Besides Derbez, this movie also marks a coming-out party of sorts for screenwriters Jon Zack (with only a couple previous feature films to his credit) and Chris Spain (this being his first IMDb writing credit), as well as director Ken Marino. Marino, after acting in over 100 movies and TV shows, doing some writing for each medium and directing for eight different TV series, makes this his feature directorial debut.

These filmmakers bring us comedy that's a mixture of slapstick, juvenile humor and just good, old-fashioned strange situations and strained family relationships. And all that comes with at least some family values and growth on the part of the main characters. It's somewhat simplistic, but almost always fun. And, yes, there are occasional subtitles (during some of the scenes in which Maximo interacts with another Spanish-speaking character), but this movie is funny and heartfelt enough to entertain all but the most jaded Movie Fans – and strong enough to earn Derbez many more English-speaking fans. "B+"


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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

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Release Date:

28 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,252,439, 30 April 2017

Gross USA:

$32,149,404

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,547,032
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2.35 : 1
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