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FEATURE: In Mexico, film comedy and scandal expose schism between rich and poor


Film critics say Gary Alazraki’s comedy resonated among moviegoers because it is an easy laugh, returning to an old formula from 1940s Mexican cinema showing the tribulations of the poor and the rich.

“The poor are happy, they have a big heart and they live in the real world, while the rich are the people who must beg for affection,” said Jorge Ayala Blanco, an author of 11 books on Mexican cinema.

Leonardo Garcia Tsao, a film critic for La Jornada newspaper, said the middle-class goes to the movies in Mexico, and “in this case, the film mocks the rich, which they’re not, and the poor, which they’re not either.”

“It’s one of the few funny Mexican movies,” said Beatriz Arrechiga, a 35-year-old radio ad consultant. “It shows the classism in this country. There is a message for a class of young people who depend on their dads.”

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