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“Is this diary for real?” [Gordon]
on 9 September 2015
This is a 2011 farcical light comedy set in a male dominated remote Central American village. When all the men are taken away by revolutionaries the ‘helpless’ women are forced to fend for themselves and with only their Priest and a young boy remaining, they soon seek out the manipulative priests sinful guidance. Elsewhere, the priests diary falls into the hands of reporter Gordon [Christian Slater], who thinks he’s found Shangri la and can’t wait to get there. But will the women create their utopia or will they simply become like their menfolk, and what happens if the men return or Gordon reaches them, and will he get the reception he’s dreaming of?
This is a twist on the old ‘battle of the sexes’ movies and avoids the majority of clichés but ends up having numerous flaws. With a church and brothel [of 12 girls out of a 70 strong village] and the women being all between 20-40 , with no children or elderly, realism isn’t a priority of this film. It’s more about self discovery and is partly reminiscent of Orwell’ ‘Animal farm’. This could easily turned into a sexploitation movie but the relationships are hinted, rather than shown, and instead it becomes a low key lesbian romance as Rosalba [Eva Longoria] struggles with her feelings and her attempts to bring order to the village.
This isn’t the rom-com the cover or blurb hints at so many may be upset and without swearing or nudity, it will disappoint others. It’s a humorous film but the script seems rather dated [more like an 80’s movie] and is unsure which direction to take as a 15, featuring very adult themes from the start but turning more Sunday Matinee and sit-com as it progresses. Could easily have been a great 12 rating with more thought, or a funny 18 rating. Still enjoyable and just scrapes a deserving **** as I was never bored.