Friday, November 17, 2017

Lusers (2015) - FFF - Through the Eyes of Cat

By Cat

Number Rolled: 163
Movie Name/Year:Lusers, los amigos no se eligen (2015)
Tagline:Que pasa cuando se juntan un Peruano, un Chileno, y un Argentino?
(What happens when a Peruvian, a Chilean, and an Argentine come together?)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy
Length: 95 minutes
Rating: NR
Production Companies: Bamboosa, Tondero Films, Netflix
Producers: Carlos Alcántara, Paola Barrera. Alejandro Carboni, Carlos Espinoza, Mercedes Tarelli, Miguel Valladares
Director: Ticoy Rodriguez
Writer: Fernando Castets
Actors: Carlos Alcántara, Pablo Granados, Felipe Izquierdo, Gaby Espino, Cristián de la Fuente, Mario Alarcón, Carlos Carlín, Marcela Guerty, Andrea Montenegro, Mariana Richaudeau, Rocío Rodríguez Presedo, Claudio Torres
Stunt Doubles: None

Blurb from Netflix: Three men from different nations must find their way out of the Amazon jungle -- on foot -- when they get lost on the way to Brazil's World Cup Final.

Cat’s Point of View: 

Selina is, unfortunately, a bit under the weather; and so she wasn't able to join in on this Foreign Film Friday review. In the meantime, while we're wishing her a speedy recovery, I get you all to myself.

Cue the maniacal laughter. Okay, not really, but I couldn't help myself. On to the movie!

Once again we blindly have reached into the grab-bag of foreign films on Netflix and pulled out a rather odd-looking one.

I was so confused at the outset, but what seems like a random scene at the beginning, eventually gets tied in with the story. Confusion gave way to annoyance pretty quickly, though, due to the rapid-fire dialogue. Sometimes the subtitles couldn’t keep up. I do get that part of that annoyance was likely intentional because of character development. 

There’s one in every group – someone who latches on to a topic and just rambles about it until people either want to flee or throw things.

The cultural rivalry between the various South American countries was up front and central to the journey of these characters. Of course, a lot of the stereotypes they were emulating and references went right past me because I’m just frankly not that well versed in such things. The good news was that the delivery was in a way that the point still came across and I still found things funny.

I’d have to say that this movie is something along the lines of a Latin America set of Stooges mixed with a three amigos theme, and tossed in a blender with your standard road-trip-gone-awry tale… just this one’s set in the Amazon jungle. 

Some of the film is just plain cheesy and a bit over the top, but that was all part of what made it a lot of fun. I really enjoyed this movie. It earned several laugh-out-loud moments that had my family looking at me funny.

If you’re in the mood to try something out of the ordinary, enjoy foreign films, and want a good laugh? This one might just be the movie for you.

Speech Available: Spanish, Polish
Subtitles Available: English, Spanish [CC], French, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – none
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – none
Metascore - none
Metacritic User Score – none
IMDB Score – 4.9/10

Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating3.5/5

Trust-the-Dice’s Parental Advisory Rating: R

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