Love and Kisses, and Your Mama Too! How Y Tu Mama Tambien, a Mexican Coming-of-Age Movie Released in the Spring, Is Winning a Big Gay Following That Will Make It the Most Talked-About Movie of the Summer. (Summer Movie Special)

By Meers, Erik | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), June 11, 2002 | Go to article overview

Love and Kisses, and Your Mama Too! How Y Tu Mama Tambien, a Mexican Coming-of-Age Movie Released in the Spring, Is Winning a Big Gay Following That Will Make It the Most Talked-About Movie of the Summer. (Summer Movie Special)


Meers, Erik, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Frisky 17-year-old best friends Julio and Tenoch are seething cauldrons of testosterone. They compete one-on-one in swimming contests, sexual conquests, even masturbation sessions. Their biggest challenge comes as they chase after Luisa, a sultry older woman (she's 28) whom they lure into joining them on a road trip to the beach. Luisa turns the tables on the boys, instigating sex with each of them, confronting their devil-may-care attitudes, and at one point storming off during a fight, yelling, "What you really want is to fuck each other!"

Whether or not you believe Luisa's tossed-off accusation, Y Tu Mama Tambien--the Mexican film that relates this three-character road trip--is not your run-of-the-mill coming-of-age movie. The gay subtext that U.S. teen comedies turn into crude humor here colors everything that happens. Near the end of the movie the sexual tension peaks in a sudden, passionate moment between the two boys that has audiences--gay and straight, Latino and not--shrieking in the theaters from either shock or satisfaction.

While Y Tu Mama was released in the United States in the spring, that one galvanizing scene will likely make it the most talked-about film of the summer among gay viewers. Word of mouth continues to grow, as everyone wants to find out what the fuss is all about, to be able to take sides in the hottest queer cinephile debate since New Queer Cinema polarized gay audiences a decade ago: What really happened between Julio and Tenoch?

"It felt inevitable [that they'd get together]," says Tim Allis, a New York magazine editor. "I think they had some sort of sex--probably really bad sex. The movie captured that incredibly sexually hypercharged but totally out-of-focus world that boys live in when we are 17. Inevitably those innate gay feelings we have are going to be attached to the boy that you're closest to."

Others see the "Did they or didn't they?" question as beside the point. "It's quite possible that they had a full-on three-way, or that was the extent of it, but to me that is secondary," says Eric Gutierrez, the Mexican-American coauthor of Suave, a book about Latin men's style. "I didn't see it as a gay moment. It was one of those times when a friendship feels so profound that it extends across the board. It was the missing piece that you don't always get with these coming-of-age films. It's usually a moment that directors cut. But with this movie you can read into it what you want."

The urge to read more into Y Tu Mama Tambien--the title means "And Your Mother Too!"--will soon make the Golden Globe-nominated film one of the top-grossing foreign-language movies in U.S. history, with producers expecting it to rake in more than $12 million. It's a milestone even more surprising considering that the film's U.S. distributor, IFC Films, has been showing Y Tu Mama without any rating (having rejected the stigma of an NC-17) in hundreds of theaters across the country--including in conservative enclaves like Cincinnati and Oklahoma City, where unrated movies are usually banned.

Wherever it plays, IFC makes sure gay audiences hear about it. "We've done a lot of advertising in the local gay papers everywhere," says Bob Berney, IFC's senior vice president of marketing and distribution. "It's doing really well with the gay audience. It's a really sexy movie. I think that the story of two boys coming of age is a poignant story for everyone."

It has certainly been poignant for the movie's two Mexican stars, Gael Garcia Bernal, 23, and Diego Luna, 22. Filming and promoting Y Tu Mama has been something of a reunion for the duo; they've known each other since Luna's birth, when both sets of parents were involved in a production of the play 'Tis Pity She's a Whore in Mexico City. "It's just a beautiful relationship that they have," observes Y Tu Mama's director, Alfonso Cuaron, a Mexico City native who has also directed such big-budget films as Great Expectations and A Little Princess. …

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