A few years ago a film hit the mexican cinema that became an event film, funny, charming, beautiful, making statements on the ridiculousness of our culture, that was Nosotros los Nobles in 2013, since then there’s been a variety of mexican films that have tried to replicate it and fallen flat, this is another one of them. At first I didn’t want to go see this movie, the trailers looked like trash but then all of a sudden, everyone started to rave about how much of a good time they had with this film, quoting it, re-enacting, I obviously had to chime into the conversation. So, I was convinced, went to watch it, chuckled twice, went to the bathroom, thought about it, and came to the conclusion that it was yet another mediocre film to add to the catalogue of mediocre films that have followed Nosotros los Nobles.
Does it have its moments? Yes, but so did Instructions Not Included from what I recall. The performances are fine, but its all very theatrical and there’s an abundance of what I like to call music-video scenes. Whether that be the wedding scene at the beginning, a scene of random passionate sex by the beach or whatever, it just detracts from the story instead of actually making you care. Its a very monotonous film that relies on the same jokes that didn’t work in the first place and doesn’t really hit its stride until its ending which I actually thought was a very clever finale that legitimately made me laugh. But, apart from that, ¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? only showcases attractive people playing dress-up on film.
This film most noticeable flaw is its way of evading social commentary. Analyzing a very interesting section of mexican culture involving the female perspective and how they are forced to put on a facade around their sexual activity, pretending they’re virgins until marriage and living with their parents until they get married off to a wealthy friend of the family, ¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? had the opportunity to make statements against all the things I mentioned above but instead only mentions their existence before glossing over them entirely. A great example of this would be Renato who’s a poor boy from the hood, but he’s also incredibly ripped and handsome, something that was extremely unnecessary for the character. If he were the same character but not an Abercrombie model the film actually might have benefited from that idea as it would’ve really hammered in the film’s statements on love even harder instead of having them substituted by the idea of that our main character only gave the guy a chance because he absurdly hot.
¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? has many flaws like these and some atrocious editing, but does deliver with enough laughs and charm to keep it from being a horrible film. Its a fine date-flick I guess, it just didn’t resonate comedically with me, and three-quarters of it felt incredibly flat in relation to the jokes they threw at you. Its fine, its definitely not Nosotros los Nobles or anything in the same ballpark, leaving it at a 46 out of 100.