Film's love triangle fizzles more than sizzles

Review C-

May 05, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

If only La Mujer de mi Hermano (My Brother's Wife) had a dollop of humor and at least one character worth rooting for. It's certainly got three fine-looking leads, and plays for much of its length like the kind of steamy potboiler for which the term "guilty pleasure" was coined.

But what the stars, director Ricardo de Montreuil and writer Jaime Bayly have come up with is a singularly joyless affair, the story of a complicated love triangle involving three ludicrously overdrawn characters - an unfulfilled wife, an inadequate husband and an oversexed brother-in-law - who don't have a clue how ridiculous they are. Neither, apparently, do the filmmakers, who treat the material with all the earnestness of a junior-high sex-ed lecturer.

La Mujer de mi Hermano (Lionsgate Films) Starring Barbara Mori, Christian Meier, Manolo Cardona. Directed by Ricardo de Montreuil. Rated R. Time 93 minutes.

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