Review: ‘The Amazing World Of Borjamari And Pocholo’

Local comic Santiago Segura is the only noteworthy feature of "The Amazing World of Borjamari and Pocholo," a low-laughs comedy about two Spanish <I>pijos</I> (posh kids) who refuse to grow up. Protags' infantilism is largely duplicated by the script, which tacks cliches and deja vu gags onto a threadbare plotline.

Local comic Santiago Segura is the only noteworthy feature of “The Amazing World of Borjamari and Pocholo,” a low-laughs comedy about two Spanish pijos (posh kids) who refuse to grow up. Protags’ infantilism is largely duplicated by the script, which tacks cliches and deja vu gags onto a threadbare plotline. However, first weekend B.O. in early December was top drawer, with release in selected Spanish-speaking territories no doubt to follow.

Thirtysomething brothers Borjamari (Segura) and Pocholo (Javier Gutierrez) keep trying to recreate their ’80s glory days as Madrid’s disco kings. When their one-time college rival Pelayo (Guillermo Toledo) deceives them by mentioning that their fave band has been re-formed the brothers travel with airhead Paloma (Pilar Castro) to a gig which doesn’t actually take place. Castro works hard to inject fizz into the femme lead, but other perfs are lazily put-together packages of mannerisms. Teenage auds will find some ’80s references baffling, and older viewers, who may once have identified with the protags, will be relieved to find they’ve outgrown this sort of thing. Production values are fine, and a couple of visual gags make the grade.

The Amazing World Of Borjamari And Pocholo

Spain

Production

A Handmade Films, Paragon Entertainment Corp. presentation of an Esicma production, in association with CLT-UFA Intl., Mandarin Films, Wild Rose Prods. Produced by Juan Gordon. Executive producers, Lopez Lavigne, Santiago Segura. Directed, written by Enrique Lopez Lavigne, Juan Cavestany.

Crew

Camera (color), Teo Delgado; editor, Ivan Aledo; music, Miguel Malla. Reviewed at Palacio de la Musica, Madrid, Dec. 8, 2004. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Santiago Segura, Javier Gutierrez, Pilar Castro, Guillermo Toledo.
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