Delightful, Funny, & Touching Comedy w/typical Spanish humor
zara_azari | 06/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film touches on all the universally modern issues: love, sex, jealousy, money (the lack of it), homosexuality, friendship, and human need for one another. The plot is to die for. A young, struggling actor, is out job and out of luck, but he needs to go on...So, he begins an adventure that is likely to end with a big mess. At times, this film feels like a one man show or a stand-up act; nevertheless, absolutely all characters are well-developed and rich: the shady sex-line owner in need of his over-bearing mother's approval, the dancing girl in need of money, the plastic surgeon in need of love, the Hollywood lady producer in need of success, etc. As it is common in Spanish cinema, colors are very important in this film: red and black are the main ones. They symbolize passion, jealousy, crazyness, and sarcasm.When you start watching this film, you can sit back and enjoy yourselves. By the end, you are likely to re-evaluate your opinions about issues raised. You're also likely to have a blast, in the process."
A Sexy and Hysterical Farce!
Valeria | New York United States | 02/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I totally love this movie! The cast, work together so beautifully. It is about a struggling young actor named Victor who, because of his lack of acting jobs and the need to eat, takes a temporary position as a "Phone Sex" operator! As luck would have it, his first call, being supervised by his new boss, is from a Man! Victor has to summon up all his acting talents, not to mention his nerve, to sweet talk a caller without the caller hanging up. It is just too funny! Javier Bardem is adorable as the young actor and Josep Maria Flotats is the vulnerable and very funny "Bill", the homosexual caller. This movie has many well-executed characters including, the pervy phone sex manager, a beautiful caller with a secret who, together with Bill, begin to complicate Victor's life by involving him in a situation where someone is out to murder Bill! It's one of the best Spanish comedies I have seen so far - Glad I bought it!"
A good Spanish comedy about a struggling actor
gac1003 | 04/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Javier Bardem plays Victor Ventura, a young man who moves to Madrid to make it as an actor. While waiting for his big break, he struggles to make ends meet as a pizza delivery man. Forced to find a way to make more money, he becomes a phone sex operator. His first client, a man who calls himself "Bill." Some time later, he is requested by a woman named "Amand" and, during their phone conversation, he immediately falls for her and breaks the cardinal rule of the group: meeting one of the callers. After a fantastic night together, she confesses her true reason for calling him and enlists his help to get evidence so she can divorce her husband, "Bill." And, he's just about to get his big break in an American film. But things are not quite what they seem, and Victor soon finds himself involved in a murderous plot as well as a love triangle.This is a charming and funny comedy gem from Spainsh director Manual Gómez Pereira. Javier Bardem does a fine job as Victor and really carried the film. I had problems with his character immediately falling for Amanda (played superbly by Aitana Sanchez-Gijon). No build up to the relationship or any understanding why he falls for her. Alastair Mackenzie does a fine job as the American movie director Oswaldo, though much of the English diaolgue (from other characters) is obviously dubbed and sounds very stiff and unnatural. Overll, it's a fun movie to watch, and I really enjoyed Javier Bardem's performance."
Javier Bardem as "Victor" gets into some phone sex.
James McDonald | Southern California | 05/17/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Javier Bardem plays "Victor" who has been trying very hard to find work to be an actor. With his agent he has been trying for fifteen months. While delivering pizza to a company, he realizes there is a room full of phone sex operators. Since acting auditions are not getting him anywhere right now. He decides to quit and leave town. His agent talks him out of it with a big movie company coming to town in a few weeks. In the meantime, he begins work as a phone sex operator. His first client is a man. The hot talk is a success. Now he tries his business with women clients and in person as well. This film is spoken in English and Spanish. Use of yellow subtitles in English is used. Rated R."