No Manches Frida

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  • PG-13
  • 2016
  • 5.5  (2,571)

No Manches Frida is a 2016 Mexican comedy film directed by Nacho G. Velilla. The film stars Omar Chaparro as Zequi, an ex-convict who becomes a substitute teacher at a high school. Zequi arrives at the run-down high school in search of money that was buried at the school years ago. He poses as a substitute teacher for a group of rebellious teenagers and quickly learns they are more than a handful.

The students include Frida (Martha Higareda), a tough, independent young woman who leads the class. She initially clashes with Zequi but eventually develops a friendship with him. Other students include Kevin and Yayo, goofy skater dudes, Lucy and Mimi, preppy mean girls, and Mario, a nerdy kid. Zequi struggles to gain control of the unruly class but implements some unconventional teaching methods to try to motivate them.

When the school faces being shut down due to lack of funds, Zequi enters the class into a inter-school tournament in Mexico City to try to win the prize money to save the school. This leads to a wild road trip with Zequi and the students, who slowly begin to bond with their odd but caring teacher. Romantic sparks also start to fly between Zequi and Frida, despite their age difference and background.

No Manches Frida combines elements of a sports comedy and coming-of-age story. Zequi teaches the students about teamwork, believing in themselves, and not giving up through the crazy tournament competition. The film culminates in a zany final match filled with hilarious moments. In the end, Zequi and the students learn many lessons from each other about what really matters in life.

With colorful characters, lots of juvenile yet good-natured humor, and an upbeat tone, No Manches Frida was a major box office hit in Mexico. Omar Chaparro is very entertaining as the unconventional teacher Zequi, and Martha Higareda shines as the intelligent and spunky Frida. Their chemistry lights up the screen. Overall, No Manches Frida is an enjoyable, feel-good comedy with cross-cultural appeal.

No Manches Frida is a 2016 comedy. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.5.

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