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  • Summary: One of the biggest Colombian box office hits in the country's history, El Carro (The Car) follows the travails of the Velezes, a typical middle-class family from Bogotá, as they buy their first car in an attempt to move up the social ladder. After the father accidentally gives away a winning lottery ticket for a new car to the neighbors, the Velezes decide to save face and buy their neighbor's old car -- a 1950s cherry-red Chevy convertible -- spending their entire nest egg. First-time director Luis Orjuela manages to create a hilarious social farce, portraying such quintessential Colombian experiences as a daughter's quinceañera (15th birthday party), Christmas, and the lottery craze with a rare balance of sympathy and humor. (Cinema Tropical Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. 75
    Luis Orjuela's sweet, slight comedy is about a middle-class Colombian family and the huge, cherry-red Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible that conveys them through several years worth of life's little dramas.
  2. 75
    Boasts a lovable ensemble cast, with a standout performance by Zaira Valenzuela as 14-year-old Paola.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Winning, consistently funny comedy, with lively script by veteran Colombian producer/scribe Dago Garcia ("Maximum Penalty"), The Car is driven by unusually sharp helming from newcomer Luis Orjuela, and a dynamite ensemble cast.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    Part fluff, part social farce, and all foregone conclusion.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    A huge hit at home, El Carro here plays for mild laughs and gentle pathos, though it arrives a little lost in translation.
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Thoroughly obnoxious and relentlessly unfunny comedy.