Mexican teenage road movie deemed too fast for Mexican teens

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com June 22 2001 11:00 PM ET

The new Mexican film Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Momma, Too) has been given a C rating, meaning it is intended for adults 18 and over, even though director Alfonso Cuaron (Little Princess, Great Expectations) set out to make a film teenagers could see, according to Reuters. The comedy follows two Mexican teenage boys and a somewhat older Spanish woman as they embark on a journey marked by a rather liberal attitude toward sex and drugs. Cuaron stated that he used his 16-year-old son as an adviser on the tale of urban youth because he wanted to make “a more honest film that kids could see and discuss.” The office of Radio, Television, and Cinematography felt that the casual drug use and a scene featuring an act of homosexual behavior made the film inappropriate for children under 18. Producer Jorge Vergara labeled this “misguided censorship and paternalism.” RTC director Carlos Fernandez agrees that rating is inexact but notes that the film “has done stupendously at the box office, which shows classification has nothing to do with quality. We’re not talking about censorship.” The director acknowledges that the Motion Picture Association of America ratings board is even harsher and fully expects to cut the film to get it released at all in the United States.