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Brain Drain 2

The spirit of "American Pie" and "Porky's" lives on in "Brain Drain 2," which features a gang of teenage misfits causing mayhem at Harvard U. Mostly interesting as a compendium of Spanish insecurities abroad, the pic unleashes the standard arsenal of offensiveness and stereotyping, but the gags feel threadbare, even if they're targeting hormonal teen auds. Pic's first-weekend B.O. haul repped the second biggest of 2011 for a Spanish film, following "Torrente 4," but "Brain" is unlikely to challenge intellects beyond Hispanic territories.

The spirit of “American Pie” and “Porky’s” lives on in “Brain Drain 2,” which features a gang of teenage misfits causing mayhem at Harvard U. Mostly interesting as a compendium of Spanish insecurities abroad, the pic unleashes the standard arsenal of offensiveness and stereotyping, but the gags feel threadbare, even if they’re targeting hormonal teen auds. Pic’s first-weekend B.O. haul repped the second biggest of 2011 for a Spanish film, following “Torrente 4,” but “Brain” is unlikely to challenge intellects beyond Hispanic territories.

Spaniard Alfonso (Adrian Lastra) follows g.f. Sara (Paula Prendes) to Harvard, accompanied by his buddies — wheelchair-bound Ruedas (Gorka Lasaosa), visually impaired Chuli (Alberto Amarilla), gypsy Cabra (Canco Rodriguez) and gay Corneto (Pablo Penedo) — but finds Sara’s living with his childhood sweetheart, Marta (Patricia Montero). The only departure from the genre rulebook is that the characters are more concerned with romance than sex, and Lastra ekes some real pathos out of Alfonso’s doubts and humiliations. Though the humor is predictably odor- and liquid-based, gestures toward political correctness are shoehorned in, including a gay kiss. David Hasselhoff, used extensively in the pic’s marketing, makes a redundant cameo.

Brain Drain 2

Spain

  • Production: A Universal Pictures Intl. Spain release of an Antena 3 Films, Cangrejo Films, Globo Media production. Produced by Mercedes Gamero, Alex Pina, Daniel Ecija. Executive producers, Curro Velazquez, Fernando Gonzalez Molina. Directed by Carlos Theron. Screenplay, Curro Velazquez, Alex Pina.
  • Crew: Camera (color, widescreen), Antonio J. Garcia; editor, Veronica Callon; music, Manel Santisteban; art director, Fernando Gonzalez Ansa. Reviewed at Cinesa Principe Pio, Madrid, Dec. 6, 2011. Running time: 106 MIN.
  • With: With: Adrian Lastra, Alberto Amarilla, Canco Rodriguez, Gorka Lasaosa, Patricia Montero, Pablo Penedo, Paula Prendes, Paco Tous, Loles Leon, Juan Manuel Montilla ("El Langui"), David Hasselhoff, Mariano Pena.
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