Release Date: September 8th, 2006 (Cinema Village) by Palm Pictures.
The Cast: Graciana Chironi, Liliana Capurro, Ruth Dobel, Federico Esquerro, Bernardo Forteza, Laura Glave, Leila Gomez, Nicolás López, Sol Ocampo, Marianela Pedano, Carlos Resta, Raul Viñona.
Directed by Pablo Trapero.
In Spanish with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: Emilia (Chironi) takes her family on a road-trip to her great-niece’s wedding.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Rolling Family could have been so much more entertaining had the script been more imaginative and compelling. A dozen family members including aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews gathering in an RV has the potential for some interesting drama, comedy or even adventure. However, the plot only has a little bit of drama which comes in the form of a love triangle that involves incest—yes, incest—between two cousins. Also, the RV breaks down at one point—oh, how original! If only this film were even half as refreshing as Little Miss Sunshine Writer/director Pablo Trapero doesn’t give you a reason why you would even want to spend 90 minutes with these boring, one-dimensional characters. None of the characters even have warmth. Even the grandma seems a bit dull. Despite a total of 12 characters on the road trip, the film, unfortunately, drags and seems mostly pointless. Without plot or character development, there’s nothing else that compensates enough to keep you truly engaged. On a positive note, the soundtrack has one good song used during the trip which enlivens things up a bit—but not for long.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: Unfortunately, none.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Poor character development and often drags.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 9
IN A NUTSHELL: Meandering and pointless with dull, one-dimensional characters.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: TV
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