lucan’s review published on Letterboxd:
In preparation for Roma, I felt like I needed to see this beforehand...and boy I'm glad I did. It's a fantastic coming-of-age road trip movie, which immersed me into this incredible central friendship between Tenoch and Julio (extremely well played by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal). The relationship between them felt incredibly real, and the addition of Luisa (Maribel Verdu) was just perfect.
Y Tu Mamá También makes delicate contact with themes of self-discovery, friendship but, most of all, sex. This movie's portrayal of sex is very real from a teenager's point of view. Even the actual sex scenes seemed realistic. Most of the time, sex scenes in movies (especially Hollywood) are glamorized to the point that it's basically just softcore porn, or at least that's how I see it. Shameless is a show that depicts sex as an ordinary act rather than an overly glamorous one, but even that doesn't do it as well as Alfonso Cuarón does here. Sex scenes in this, despite being very uncensored and explicit, felt normal to watch in the same way as I would watch the rest of the movie, as opposed to a time for me to go on my phone (which is the case for the most part in most Hollywood movies). I suppose it's because sex is seen as a taboo in countries such as UK and America, so media feels the need to overly objectify it as it's more of a secretive subject.
Overall, this was such a good use of my time. The script (the way it wraps up couldn't have been better), performances (the characters are treated with real respect) and cinematography (especially the constant use of impressive long takes) are the main strengths, but it's just a sometimes funny and always realistic delight.
I think a part of me really needed this.
Really great film.