Meanwhile, inspired by his heroism, Bruno’s four bandmates escape while performing in another nursing home and track him down at Margarita’s. Bruno has by now taken a shine to the young woman, who, however, pines for her lost Australian love. To complicate this set of incompatible desires, Margarita’s older neighbor Diana (Angelina Pelaez) hits on Bruno, then old Oscar (Justo Martinez), the band’s singer. Ultimately, a sleazy club owner packs their musical cases with drugs for them to transport unwittingly to Tijuana, but the old geezers outfox the younger folk.
Villasenor advances his storyline without losing sight of the humor built into it. He also manages to imbue the proceedings with sly doses of suspense. Old people — men, anyway — get screen time often denied to them, and the actors milk the situations for both comedy and pathos. They are aged physically, but they retain a youthful joie de vivre once they leave the repressive old people’s home. (One authoritarian from the nursing home gets his just desserts.) Unfortunately, the women come off as fairly desperate, even if the film’s clever resolution is relatively kind to them.