Bajarse al Moro
(1988) from Tuna
Bajarse al Moro (1988), AKA Going South Shopping is
a hippie era comedy set in Madrid.
|Chusa (Verónica Forqué) is a fun-loving
resident of Madrid, who enjoys her policeman boyfriend (Antonio
Banderas), and smoking weed. To supplement her income, she makes trips
to Morocco and smuggles hash in her body cavities. Her young friend
Elena (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón) is recruited to help, but since she is a
virgin, she doesn't have the same carrying capacity.
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón: we see her breasts while
she's trying on clothes, and again in a first abortive attempt
to lose her virginity. Finally there is a full frontal after sex
|Undaunted by this obstacle, Chusa talks a
reluctant Banderas into taking Elena's virginity. Big mistake, because
the two like each other. Throw in a priest next door, and some bad guys,
and the film looked hilarious. Unfortunately, there were no subtitles.
Since this was based on a play, I didn't get most of the dialogue, which
contained much of the humor.
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It doesn't take fluency in Spanish to appreciate the
extensive nudity from Aitana Sánchez-Gijón in a scene which is the
humorous peak of the film. She was 20 at the time this film was made,
and looks amazing. Now, at age 33, she is still going strong, with 35
credits. She has also served as president of the Spanish equivalent of
the MPAA. I think nude film experience should be required for members
of the rating board.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this description, this
film is a C+. Were there a dubbed or
sub-titled version available, the score would be higher, but as
it is, it is a solid genre Spanish comedy. I was able to enjoy
several humorous situations and some physical humor despite my
very poor Spanish skills.
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