Isi-Disi, Rough Love

Summer showcase for high-profile Spanish comics Santiago Segura and Florentino Fernandez happily blends every low-comedy cliche into a high-decibel yarn about a heavy metal fan's first brush with lurrrv. Thesps' marquee power should guarantee the July release some teen-based business in Hispanic territories.

With:
With: Santiago Segura, Florentino Fernandez, Jaydy Michel, Joaquin Sabina.

A shameless summer showcase for high-profile Spanish comics Santiago Segura and Florentino Fernandez, “Isi-Disi, Rough Love” happily blends every low-comedy cliche into a high-decibel yarn about a heavy metal fan’s first brush with lurrrv. Desperately unimaginative script is compensated for by cast’s obvious determination to have a good time and thesps’ marquee power, which should guarantee the July release some teen-based business in Hispanic territories.

AC/DC fans and terminal slobs Isi (Segura) and Disi (Fernandez) live in a working class barrio in southern Madrid. When Isi sees posh university student Vane (Jaydy Michel) — a fan of vet singer Joaquin Sabina, who our heroes can’t stand — he falls head over heels for her. Rest of pic charts Isi’s attempts to woo Vane including by pretending he is Sabina’s personal friend. Script provides a plentiful supply of gross-out jokes about sex, pill-popping, farting and flying semen, with the only glimmers of true wit coming via throwaway local refs. Pic is fleshed out with several high-profile Spanish cameos, most notably by Sabina himself, whose musical contributions bring a necessary touch of lyricism to all the noisy crassness.

Isi-Disi, Rough Love

Spain

Production: A UIP release of a Lolafilms, MTV Films Europe production, in association with Intuition Films, with participation of TVE, Canal Plus. Produced by Andres Vicente Gomez. Directed by Chema de la Pena. Screenplay, Joaquin Gorriz, Miguel Angel Fernandez.

Crew: Camera (color), Unax Mendia; editor, Antonio Lara; music, Roque Banos. Reviewed at Cine Palafox, Madrid, July 12, 2004. Running time: 92 MIN.

With: With: Santiago Segura, Florentino Fernandez, Jaydy Michel, Joaquin Sabina.

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