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Running Time:
2 hours, 6 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An entertaining and deeply moving account of the budding social conscience of one of the 20th century's most romanticized revolutionaries.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; A moment with Alberto Granado; The making of The Motorcycle Diaries; A moment with Gael García Bernal; "Toma Uno" ("Take One") with Gael García Bernal; Music of the Road: An interview with composer Gustavo Santaolalla.

The Motorcycle Diaries
Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) is a young medical student, who with only a semester until graduation, decides to travel on a motorcycle across South America with his best friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna), a biochemist who's just a couple of years older. What starts off as a simple journey across the continent soon becomes something much more important, a journey of self-discovery which will shape their values and ideas for the rest of their lives. From the start we know that this is not going to be about Che Guevara, the revolutionary leader, but simply about a young man unsure of what he wants to do with his life. In love with his girlfriend, Ernesto is growing increasingly frustrated over the fact that she won't sleep with him. This is especially hard to handle, when his friend Alberto seems to be able to sleep with every woman he meets. In a small Chilean town, a drunken Guevara is propositioned by a married woman. But, before anything can happen, they are discovered by her husband, and Ernesto and Alberto are quickly chased out of the town. After endless crashes, their motorcycle finally can't take it anymore and they are forced to continue their journey on foot. All along the journey we see Ernesto's fascination with ordinary people and his growing concern about social injustice. Late one night, they meet a young communist couple, on their way to work in a mine. This is Ernesto's first encounter with communism and the incident leaves a lasting impact on him. His feelings of compassion for his fellow man reach their peak when Ernesto and Alberto arrive at an isolated medical colony, treating people suffering from leprosy. Even here the patients are handled with disrespect and Ernesto immediately refuses to follow the rules, which have been set-up by the nuns who run the colony. Since leprosy is non-contagious, he breaks their rules by refusing to wear plastic gloves when dealing with patients. It's a seemingly small protest, but one that is greatly appreciated by the patients and he soon becomes wildly popular. The film is beautifully shot, showing the grandeur of the South American landscape in magnificent detail. The performances are sensational throughout. Handsome Gael Garcia Bernal is mesmerizing as Ernesto and Rodrigo De La Serna as his confidant and friend is completely disarming. Director Walter Salles adapted "Che" Guevara's book by the same name, and although the film is not action-packed, it's a fascinating story about how a young man began his journey to becoming one of the most iconic figures of the 20th Century and a most rewarding filmgoing experience.

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