Upside Down | Chicago Reader

Upside Down

The bickering, breakups, reconciliations, and revelations among four young Latinos in Manhattan are the basis of this predictable 1998 romantic comedy from the U.S. Mario Mandujano, directing his first feature, effectively delineates the main characters, who represent a cross section of attractive, assimilated Latinos, and at times he and his actors (Francisco Lorite, Anitu Pardo, Chantal Chamandy, and Alex Furth) manage to overcome the stock situations and cutesy dialogue of a script that strains to be hip, spicy, and sarcastic. Caio Ortiz's jazzy cinematography is excellent (check out the tour-de-force long take that opens the film), and the zesty sound track captures the bonhomie of the Lower East Side as sharply as Jonathan Demme's Something Wild.

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