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How to Be a Latin Lover

How to Be a Latin Lover
Eugenio Derbez, Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raphael Alejandro, Michael Cera, Rob Corddry, McKenna Grace, Rob Huebel, Rob Riggle, Renee Taylor and Raquel Welch

Rated: PG-13 for crude humor, sexual references and gestures, and for brief nudity.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: April 28, 2017 Released by: Pantelion Films

Eugenio Derbez a significant figure in films in Spanish, carries the lead as the Latin Lover, Maximo who is held by a cougar (Renee Taylor) over twenty five years of marriage even though she is twenty five years older than the forty something self centered lover.  His performance during the first twenty minutes of the film which depict his very comfortable life as a kept husband displays a significant skill at comedy, sadly after he is kicked out of his posh life and begins to learn how to care for others and survive on his own the script becomes mundane at best. 

While performing along with Renee Taylor as the older woman who shows her age but doesn't lose her libido even when she hardly moves as she heads up the stairs and a new encounter with Maximo.  He has everything he could hope for, a number of hot one hundred thousand plus cars, the best clothes and food along with a beautiful home to live in.  What is best in his mind is that he has not worked for the twenty five years.  The life style he follows is the result of watching his father work constantly to support him and his sister and not paying attention to the children.  

The comedy is impressive in the early going, but after Maximo is released from his very flawless life the comedy is generally silly and gives us nothing new.  Rob Lowe  plays Maximo's friend who is in a similar relationship with Millicent another cougar played by Linda Lavin. She requires very active scenes of fantasy romance from her younger consort.  Raphael Alejandro is Hugo the ten year nephew who shares a room with Maximo during his banishment.  Salma Hayek is sister Sarah who works as hard as their father but pays attention to young Hugo who lost his father the year before.  

The plot moves toward catching the eye of rich widow (Raquel Welch), who by the way has a couple of secrets, and has a grand daughter Arden played by McKenna Grace of Gifted.  Using Hugo Maximo attempts another connection with the rich widow. That brings out a sad series of worn out comic scenes which fall flat.  The two heavies played by:  Rob Huebel and Rob Riggle have silly scenes as they blunder while attempting to collect a debt from the great lover.  Kristen Bell also has a limited part as a woman who sells ice cream and has a dozen cats who constantly scratch he arms and face, how that is comedy eludes me. 

 How to be a Latin Lover has a delightful twenty minutes and then stalls.  The out takes at the end of the film bring some of the best comedy in the film, and that not a good sign.  

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