27 February 2017 | ma-cortes
Funny but uneven comedy starred by Javier Cámara and Carmen Machi , kings of Spanish comedy
A slightly amusing film with entertaining incidents , silly messes and enjoyable love stories . Comical as well as romantic comedy is loaded with irony , humor with tongue-in-cheek , jokes and nutty fun . It deals with Eliseo (Javier Cámara) , he is a good-tempered person but ugly , lame and single , he wishes eagerly find his real love . But he hasn't met the woman of his life and has never known love , though he believes the best of her life is still to come . While Nati (Carmen Machi) is ugly , missing a breast and separated . She thinks that the worst of his life is still to come . She not know the true love , too . Eliseo directs a musical band formed by villagers (as Lluís Villanueva , Hugo Silva , Tristán Ulloa as the priest) . Then , there happens some inevitable , Eliseo falls for Nati who results to be the woman of his life ; however , being married to his brother . The death of Eliseo's mother (Petra Martínez) reunites them again but things go wrong .
Spanish rural comedy filled with amusement , laughs , bemusing situations and ordinary actors . It is an agreeable story about family , relatives : brothers-in-law , sisters-in-laws , parents , friends and their usual life problems . Funny comedy with romantic touches here and there ; being full of entertainment , humor and sheer amusement . Nice and fun Spanish comedy starred by good actors , including mirth , ridiculous situations , brief touches of drama and with a distinctly Spanish sense of style . It turns out to be pleasantly fun that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever ; an exercise in pure amusement in which entertainment and fun are guaranteed . The diverting as well crazy characters are quite odd , grotesque and weird and the film races on at incredible speed . The main premise deals with an offbeat couple with a lot of problems , all of them mixed up in all kinds of absurd , hilarious and even romantic incidents . The principal issue about the continuous meetings and ongoings disagreements between the two protagonists and their intertwined loves , it is so repetitive and that makes it a little boring . This is a slightly bemusing film with entertaining events , giggles , emotion and agreeable love stories , being inspired by the TV series "7 Vidas¨ . Humor is sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous picaresque situations such as sex jokes , profanities and absurd scenes . The film explores the motley relationship among a varied group of villagers and their peculiar love stories , being well played by known actors . However , it moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind , and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few embarrassing ; so , the tone of the film is light-hearted and the most part results to be rich in implausibilities and absurdities . The motion picture was written by the same director , Nacho G Velilla , an expert writer/director of notorious comedies . This is a 2010 typical Spanish comedy with the customary ingredients such as agreeable humor topped with a little bit of original touches here and there ; including mayhem , confusion , disconcerting deeds , loving triangles and a lot of fun . The movie is played mostly for laughs , but as well contains several absurd and dumb happenings . A few of the scenes are amusing , they elicit chuckles but no serious laughters . The picture attempts to spread optimism about the events of life , friendship , marriage , fidelity , optimism , and love , including its amusing sides as well as sad ones . The roles in this film are all lovable despite being rather pathetic and silly . The picture benefits a likable main cast such as Javier Cámara as the ugly, lame , and unmarried villager who has a last chance to find happiness and Carmen Machi as the sympathetic and good-natured separated woman who has found , at last , the man of her life but , even so, has never experienced true love . Support cast is pretty good , formed by prestigious secondaries such as Ingrid Rubio , María Pujalte , Julián López , Silvia Casanova , Kira Miró , Tristán Ulloa , Carmen Ruiz , among others .
The cinematography by David Omedes is luxurious as well as colorful , being filmed in Huesca , Aragon . Atmospheric and lively musical score by Juanjo Javierre , adding some catching and popular songs . "To Hell with the Ugly" being skillfully directed by Nacho G Velilla , and it turned out to a big success at 2010 Spanish box office . This director was born in Zaragoza , Aragon , location where he often shoots his flicks . He is a good director , producer and writer, expert on comedies and especially known for ¨Villaviciosa De Al Lado¨ , ¨No Manches Frida¨ , ¨No Lo Llames Amor... Llámalo X¨ , ¨Perdiendo El Norte¨ , as well as his successful TV series , such as ¨Aida¨ with Carmen Machi , ¨Siete Vidas¨ , ¨Fenómenos¨ , ¨Buscando El Norte¨ . Rating : Average but passable , 5.5/10 . The picture will appeal to Spanish comedy enthusiasts , though it also packs bad taste , piggy humor , sexual scenes , profanity and big fun .