By Paola Martell
When I watched Y tu mamá también for the first time when I was a wanna-be 14 year old film-snob, I thought it was an obscure, sexual film about two guys who manipulate a hot, older woman to take a trip with them. But after watching it this past semester for my Latin American Studies class, I realized that it’s much more than a coming-of-age story about two horny guys. I thought I’d share the essay I wrote because it offers a background and a clearer story about this political film.
The film has a few themes – two of them strongly being sexuality and youth. The opening scene is of Tenoch and his girlfriend, Ana, having sex in her room – assumingly a room she has had since she was a little girl with pink walls and stuffed animals. Tenoch and Julio secretly have sex with their girlfriends in their parents’ homes. It centralizes the idea of young love and how it seems promising, but in reality, it can easily disappear – like the example of their girlfriends promising not to cheat on them when they leave to Europe (but they do). There is a scene where Tenoch and Julio are seen masturbating next to each other on diving boards. They seem confident in their sexual “talents” but are proven that they are just boys who are still trying to figure out how the woman’s body works. Luisa, the older woman, is flirty and attractive, and it’s no surprise that she seduces the boys easily during the trip. Both Tenoch and Julio get excited easily and seem to ejaculate early as expressed in Luisa’s cringing face of surprise and disappointment. The boys seem to act mature and cool, but they constantly argue. It is obvious they are insecure, and they’ll take any opportunity to insult each other. They allow their friendship to collapse after the drunken threesome with Luisa because they were too embarrassed and ashamed of something they stressed out so much. They emphasized their sexuality so much that when they experimented it with each other, they thought their heterosexuality had vanished which is something straight men deal with. They accent heterosexuality so much that it translates to insecurity of it.