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  • Summary: Alex, a 16 year old teenager living with his grandma, has various plans to occupy himself during the summer: writing a new song with his rock band, finding a job and having his first sexual experience. He also becomes aware that his grandma is increasingly dependent on him. As summer draws on, Alex realizes that things are going to change forever and that he will have to grow up and learn to say goodbye. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Aug 12, 2014
    We Are Mari Pepa is a sweaty, urgent, beautifully honest bliss out.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Aug 14, 2014
    For all its enthusiastic vulgarity and truly terrible punk rock, We Are Mari Pepa is a gently endearing portrait of four amiable Mexican teenagers feeling their way toward adulthood.
  3. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Aug 14, 2014
    Though individual scenes feel authentic, the overall structure’s rather loose and there’s not a single narrative throughline. This has several advantages... But it also somewhat diffuses the film’s focus.
  4. Reviewed by: Clayton Dillard
    Aug 11, 2014
    The film finally works because of its multitudinous interests in adolescent shell-shock, where paralysis and uncertainty can only be momentarily assuaged through gendered outrage.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Aug 18, 2014
    The film is fitfully amusing but a bit too shapeless, even for a story about slackers.


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