“American Pie” is neatly transformed into Spanish paella in “Love Expresso,” a comedy about a quartet of twentysomething emotional sub-literates that combines broken hearts and breaking wind to deja vu effect. A couple decent comic scenes and two good perfs rise above the pop soundtrack, navel-gazing and scatology. Any offshore interest is likely to stem from the fact that Hispanic teens have happily guzzled down “Expresso” and made the late June release the surprise local B.O. hit of the year.
Cocky barkeeper Javi (Asier Etxeandia), recently dumped Pedro (Alejo Sauras), conventional Dani (Javier Godino) and overweight failure Hugo (Diego Paris), who lives with his overbearing grandmother Paca (Terele Pavez), spend their lives fretting about girls. Javi falls for beautiful Alma (Elena Ballesteros); Pedro seeks revenge on his ex-g.f.’s new lover; Hugo seeks sex and finds love with Bea (Lucia Jimenez); Dani does little. Some attempts are made at grounding the stories in real emotion (Hugo is an orphan), but they’re buried under an avalanche of crudeness and cliches. Paris has the makings of a decent comic talent, and dependable vet Pavez delivers a deliciously scary turn.