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I'm Gonna Explode

Transferred to a new high school, a conservative politician's rebellious son (Juan Pablo de Santiago) introduces himself to the student body with a talent-show sketch, titled “See You in Hell,” in which he simulates hanging himself. But Mexican writer-director Gerardo Naranjo fails to sustain the wild humor of that early scene, and his feature settles into a decidedly more winsome account of the hero's friendship-cum-romance with a like-minded classmate (the engrossing Maria Deschamps). After the kids disappear, their respective parents fear the worst and alert the police, yet the whole time the young pals are camped out on the rooftop of the politician's home in Guanajuato, surveying the skyline like James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo hiding out at the hilltop mansion in Rebel Without a Cause. In Spanish with subtitles. 103 min.

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