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Running Time:
1 hour, 30 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language and some drug content

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An unpredictable, breezy coming-of-age story about friendship and the pangs of adolescence.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Franšais & Espa˝ol (feature film only); In Spanish with English subtitles

Duck Season
On a Sunday afternoon two 14-year-old best friends Flama (Daniel Miranda) and Moko (Diego Catano) are hanging out in Flama's working-class Mexico City apartment. Flama's mother (Carolina Politi) has left, somewhat nervously, and they start playing video games and drinking a liter of Coke which they've expertly poured into two giant glasses. They are first disrupted when a 16-year-old neighbor Rita (Danny Perea) arrives at the door needing to use their oven to bake a cake. While she explores the kitchen cupboards, helping herself to samples, the boys contend with a second interruption: the power goes out forcing them all into silent boredom. They try eating potato chips, but that doesn't satisfy them, so they order a pizza. With the electricity still out, the pizza guy has to race up many flights of apartment stairs to meet the company's 30-minute delivery guarantee. According to the boys' timing, he arrives 11 seconds late. That sets off a standoff, with the bespectacled delivery guy Ulises (Enrique Arreola) refusing to leave until he is paid. The boys stick to their guns, not so much out of principle as from a teen need to test their power.

Among the many strengths of writer-director Fernando Eimbcke's delightful film is the way the young actors really act like kids. Even the black-and-white photography adds an extra dimension to its distinct visual style. The script is full of unforced realities, and the performances of the actors are completely natural and endearing. This enjoyable little movie perfectly captures the frustrations, longings, and torments of those awkward teenage years.

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