It’s For Your Own Good – “Es por tu bien” (Spanish Film Festival)
Javier Cámara, José Coronado, Roberto Álamo, Pilar Castro, María Pujalte, Carmen Ruiz, Silvia Alonso
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…a simple, regularly re-tread premise with a great main cast…
Chus (Javier Cámara), Arturo (José Coronado) and Poli (Roberto Álamo) are brothers in law who begin worrying about their daughters when they begin seeing men they don’t approve of. Marta (Georgina Amorós), Chus’s daughter begins to date Dani (Miguel Bernardeu) who deals drugs. Arturo’s daughter Valentina (Silvia Alonso) was about the marry a man that Arturo approved of, but instead begins to date and wants to marry Alex (Miki Esparbé), a free-spirited anarchist who believes in everything Arturo doesn’t. Poli’s daughter Sarai (Andrea Ros) starts dating Ernesto (Luis Mottola), an older photographer who photographs women in the nude. For the good of their daughters, Chus, Arturo and Poli will stop at nothing to break apart their daughters from these men.
From the beginning of the film, you feel the chemistry between Chus, Arturo and Poli, with the seasoned actors creating a great rapport and producing decent laughs. Immediately, each of these characters is a stereotype: the tough one (Poli), the leader (Arturo) and the wimpy nice one (Chus).
Director Carlos Therón creates a glossy, typical throwaway comedy that is easy to watch but isn’t breaking any ground, ie. a perfect recipe for a Hollywood remake.
It’s For Your Own Good is a simple, regularly re-tread premise with a great main cast, but the story is so predictable that as soon as Chus, Arturo and Poli begin devising their plans, you instantly know how the film will conclude.