No te fallaré (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski) and Tuna

Tuna's comments in white:

No te fallaré (2001), or I Won't Let You Down, is based on a popular TV series, kind of a Spanish Beverly Hills 90210, called Compañeros (schoolmates).

It takes place three years after graduation, and the group is still recovering from the emotional damage caused when one of the group jumped off a cliff and missed the water, leaving him severely disabled. The story centers around Valle (Eva Santolaria), who is working as a go-go dancer. Her life gets far too interesting when she kicks a club patron who is fondling her while dancing, and he turns out to be a big Mafia head. She hides with her old sweetheart, Quimi (Antonio Hortelano), but he has a life and a girlfriend, so she ends up with the crooked club owner of the place where she works.

From there, we have drug double-crosses, murders, lots of chase scenes, and a lot of other noisy jumble. This was obviously made to sell to the fans of the series, and is pretty much teen junk.


Eva Santolaria showed her breasts in two dark sex scenes.

Scoop's notes in yellow:

Tuna hit the nail exactly on the head. If you are Spanish, you know what this is. If you are not, here's the premise:

DVD info from Amazon

  • full screen

  • the transfer is excellent for its photographic quality

  • there is a 20 minute "making of" featurette (in Spanish)

Imagine a Dawson's Creek reunion movie done three years after the show ended, showing all the main characters in brief cameos, but really only focusing on, let's say Dawson and Joey. Imagine that it is done in the style of a nighttime soap opera, throw in some moody lighting and sadistic gangsters, ala Miami Vice, add some breasts, et voila, you'd have an English version of this movie.

Eva Santolaria is attractive, but she's kind of a Spanish Laura Flynn Boyle in training - painfully thin except for a nice chest, beautiful but lacking in warmth.

Skip it. It isn't worth the watch.

The Critics Vote ...

  • Super-panel consensus: two and a half stars. Ebert 2.5/4, Berardinelli 2.5/4.

  • General UK consensus: two stars. Mail 4/10, Telegraph 4/10, Independent 4/10, Guardian 2/10, Times 6/10, Sun 5/10, Express 6/10, BBC 3/5

The People Vote ...

  • Box Office Mojo. It was budgeted at $47 million for production, and the distribution/advertising costs are estimated around $30 million. It did nine million in its first five days, in 2400 theaters. (On the average, the studios get about 55% of box office receipts, the theater owners 45%.)

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Based on this description, this is a D (both reviewers). Unimpressive, lightweight fare, like a nighttime soap opera. In Spanish with English subsitles.

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