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  • Summary: In this satire, California wakes up one morning to find that one third of its population has disappeared. A strange thick pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries is completely cut off. As the day goes by, we discover that the characteristic that links the 14In this satire, California wakes up one morning to find that one third of its population has disappeared. A strange thick pink fog surrounds the state and communication outside its boundaries is completely cut off. As the day goes by, we discover that the characteristic that links the 14 million disappeared is their Hispanic background. (Televisa Cine) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. 63
    The intended satire doesn't deliver the kind of punch you may expect, but it nevertheless poses many what-ifs.
  2. 50
    For the first hour director Arau and his co-writer and wife, actress Arizmendi, negotiate the story's tricky mix of comedy, social satire and science fiction with surprising aplomb.
  3. Reviewed by: Achy Obejas
    50
    Never really moves beyond its premise. It never takes us to a place of real understanding.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    40
    Darkly amusing idea delivers an early salvo that fades as the film swings across a range of styles and tones director Sergio Arau gamely tries to corral. Even at its half-realized level, pic will anger some as it amuses others.
  5. 30
    A terrific premise is mangled to a pulp, then beaten to death in this forced mockumentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    30
    Much of the humor is overly familiar, and the broader elements feel strained when it veers toward melodrama in its final third.
  7. Its narrative conceit will entertain for a while, but eventually you will long to disappear with the rest of the Mexicans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 6 out of 14
  1. TonyB.
    Jan 12, 2006
    1
    This is a good idea gone horribly bad!
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    0
    What a horrible movie, I thought it was going to be a great satire but it turned down pretty bad. Not interesting, very dull and lame movie.What a horrible movie, I thought it was going to be a great satire but it turned down pretty bad. Not interesting, very dull and lame movie. Try another thing. Don't believe everything you hear about this movie. Expand

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