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also known as Somos Mari Pepa

We are Mari Pepa2013

  • 3.8
Alex is one of four Guadalajara best mates who comprise the titular garage-punk band. Never mind that they can barely play their instruments or that they only have one song (albeit a great one, a joyfully obscene ode to "Natasha" whose rare quotable line runs, "I'm never going to Mass again if you don't gimme some of that"). When not "rehearsing," they do typical teenage-boy stuff: skateboarding, ogling women and kicking the ball around. For Alex, anything seems preferable to staying home, where he is the target for his elderly, mute, pious grandmother's constant disapproval. But this sixteenth summer is going to be a game-changer as that home situation suddenly grows unstable and other major life changes (both happy and otherwise) are afoot. Samuel Kishi's autobiographically-inspired first feature starts out like a boys' equivalent to Lukas Moodyson's WE ARE THE BEST!, all juvenile high spirits, and then grows more soulful as it goes along. It is a personal (yet universal) coming-of-age story that never feels less than bracingly fresh. - Dennis Harvey

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"...a confident, appealing feature debut that sensitively and naturalistically depicts his protagonist’s hormones and high spirits." - Alissa Simon, Variety

Member Reviews (8)

top reviewer

it's a heart breaker sort of _everyone is great in it_totally believable

pero que buena pelicula, mas cuando vienes de un basado identico al mismo de los personajes, rock and roll!

the camera work is dubious, the casting is intelligent interesting but weak story

It truly captured the essence of the coming of age of this quartet of adolescent friends. Beautifully shot and graciously documented by the chronological footage of the main character.

that film majorly blows.


I loved this movie. Anyone who has been in a band will relate to a lot of it. It's extremely earnest and sweet and punk rock. Yes, those three adjectives together. Highly recommended.

Brilliant new voice from Mexico - heartwarming, authentic movie with a lot of a laughs along the way