The hanging surroundings of Mauritius is the chief promoting level of “Honeymoon With My Mom,” a downbeat romantic comedy that tends towards boring.
It’s as if the movie’s frothy opening — a marriage interrupted by a romantic who hurtles into the ceremony in his classic Ford Capri, sweeping away the bride as Pat Benatar’s “We Belong Collectively” blasts out of his radio and the soundtrack — leaves not simply the groom on the altar, however the viewer as properly.
The flicks and TV present this type of factor on a regular basis, however are you able to think about the damage, shock and disgrace of that? “Honeymoon” invitations us to, and it parks the complete overlong rom-com below a cloud.
Jose Luis (Quim Gutiérrez) is left holding the bag — an costly ceremony that empties out, leaving simply him and a few relations pressured to deal with all this catered meals and a band that received’t cease enjoying and a priest who reminds him (in Spanish with English subtitles) “I nonetheless need to cost you.”
Sure, the bride ran off with the rehearsal dinner DJ. After which there’s this honeymoon she insisted on, resisting Jose Luis’s pleas for a extra cheap “fjords” cruise. It’s “the very best resort in Mauritius,” and as a lot as his mom Mari Carmen (Carmen Machi) argues for a refund, the journey agent isn’t any extra understanding that the priest.
Nothing for it however for him to go, and for her to journey as his “spouse” on a jetliner crammed with different honeymooners, most of whom seem like the lady who simply dumped him.
Because the script abandons the ex and the DJ as plot factors, you would possibly surprise how the hell they acquired 110 minutes of film out of Jose Luis moping, bickering with mother and slowly coming again to life — with a cute “journey tour” information (Justina Bustos) as motivation? I’ve already watched “Honeymoon with My Mother” — titled “Amor de madre” in Spain — and I’m nonetheless questioning.
The snarky, jump-to-conclusions desk clerk (Yolanda Ramos) tries to wring just a few laughs out of the odd couple, who don’t do an excellent job of pretending to be what they’re not. Dominique Guillo performs a lounge lizard who takes a shine to Mother, who’s in a wedding to a self-absorbed dullard (Juanjo Cucalón), aka Jose Luis’s dad.
Ingesting sport scenes, getting “misplaced” and extorted on the mistaken rum bar, an arrest and a stumbling flirtation with the out-of-his-league blonde tour information, with just about no scene feeling just like the “raise” this factor wanted, don’t find yourself offering any aid from the tedium of all of it.
However, you recognize, the surroundings’s good.
Score: TV-14, a lot of consuming, pot smoking, some profanity
Solid: Carmen Machi, Quim Gutiérrez, Justina Bustos, Dominique Guillo, Juanjo Cucalón and Yolanda Ramos.
Credit: Directed by Paco Caballero, scripted by Cristobal Garrido, Adolfo Valor. A Netflix launch.
Operating time: 1:50