No Manches Frida (2016) – 3.5/5

The acting might not be good all around and the script is not something to brag about, but at the end of the day No Manches Frida manages to be a charming and enjoyable film. While the film is quite entertaining, it lacks quality and originality. As entertaining as it is, like most Mexican movies produced by Televisa, No Manches Frida seems to be nothing more than a joke.

After spending seven months in jail for robbing a bank, Zequi (Omar Chaparro) gets out to find his accomplice hid his money under a newly built school gymnasium. To get his money back, he poses as a substitute teacher during the day while drilling underground during the night. Here he meets Lucy (Martha Higareda), a teacher full of heart, a classroom full of unruly students, and a new life that might not be so bad after all.

No Manches Frida is a story that is quite unique as a whole, but cliched every step of the way. Except for two or three actors from the main cast, all acting is average. The cast however, is likable and good enough with their characterizations. The script is empty and for the simple minded: Full of cheap jokes and somewhat sexist events. It seems the macho male lead is still a popular theme in some countries.

There is a problem with Mexican cinema when great directors and actors need to leave the country in order to progress. This film is a great example of that problem. There is little to ponder in and even less to be left with. The film has potential, but the quality just isn’t there. Director Nacho Garcia Velilla creates a simple story full of cliched jokes, charming characters, and try-hard foul language, that serves the sole purpose of killing extra time.

Learn more about the film here: Rotten Tomatoes

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