Reviews and reports from SXSW Film and Interactive 05
D: Nicolás López; with Ariel Levy, Xenia Tostado, Benajmín Acuña, Nicolás Martínez
Narrative Feature SpotlightWe could call this suburban teen sex farce "Chilean Pie" the first jizz joke hits within five minutes but it bears a closer resemblance to 1982's The Last American Virgin, right down to the subnormal fat-guy friend (Sebastián "Berta" Muiz in the role originated by portly schlemiel Joe Rubbo), pregnancy subplot, and puke-soaked party confessions. If nothing else, Promedio Rojo (loosely translated as "failing grade") is proof that Latin American cinema can be just as lowbrow as any youth-oriented Hollywood extrusion. Those who like a clockwork schedule of maricon jokes and gags about inducing abortion with celery may be pleased to see the seeds of the high school sex romp shifting southward. The comic-book motif is cute (and technically accomplished) at first, but wears thin eventually, and the characterizations are dreadfully distateful: Everyone in this movie (save Tostado, as the hero's inaccesible dream girl) deserves a swirly.