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by Andy Jarosz
When it was released in 2001, few suspected that the Mexican movie Y Tu Mamá También would become such a worldwide hit. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón, the story is simple enough: two bored teenagers (played by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal) try to impress an attractive twentysomething at a wedding (Maribel Verdú) with tales of a fabled beach. Although she isn’t interested in keeping them company at first, when she later learns of her husband’s wayward behavior she accepts the boys’ offer and joins them on their road trip to the coast.
The tale follows the unlikely threesome as they make their way through the Mexican landscape. Boastful tales of conquests soon spill over into emotional outbursts and an inevitable series of sexual liaisons. The ending is poignant, sad even, but fits perfectly with the overall mood of the movie. I won’t spoil it any further for those who haven’t yet seen it.
Y Tu Mamá También is set in Mexico City and along the western coast of the country, but I challenge anyone to take a road trip in Mexico after watching the movie and not think back to the scenes of the three lead characters drifting along the long straight highways.
Traveling in Mexico
For many folks who come to the Riviera Maya on vacation, the experience of traveling in Mexico is all about taking a rental car from one of the main resorts along the Yucatan coast to the major Mayan sites. The drive to Chichen Itza from Cancun is an easy two- to three-hour cruise along a modern highway.
If you have time and are looking for a bit of adventure, it’s well worth turning off the main road and taking the slow way through the villages, stopping along the way for a bite to eat and a drink. It’s here where you’ll find the rural Mexico that is depicted in movies such as Y Tu Mamá También – and you may even find two not-so-young men looking for something they lost and have yet to find…