Directed by: Pedro Pablo Ibarra
Rachel (Ramsey) is a pretty typical modern day, intelligent woman who is constantly on the move. Almost in spite of her own self, these days she is primarily focused on her career as a diplomatic consul for the U.S. embassy. She works in Mexico approving visas but has recently obtained a transfer to work in London. So now she’s quite literally living her life on the move, globetrotting from city to city. On the eve of her own goodbye party Rachel’s world suddenly turns upside down when she allows herself to lose control and gets thoroughly drunk. Fortunately for her, even though she passes out in a bus stop she is rescued by Alejandro (Camil), a very handsome Mariachi singer and single father. When Rachel awakens the next morning in his apartment she has no recollection of how she got there.
Irony (and the film’s actual plot) both kick in due to the fact that she doesn’t recall that the previous day (her last day on the desk) she rejected his visa to visit the U.S. Alejandro, it seems, desired to enter the U.S. as he was going to bring his young daughter to live with his parents in Nevada because he is having trouble raising her all on his own. As a Mariachi singer he works nights and sleeps days. So he always needs a sitter and is having difficulty keeping up with her as she acts out in her very proper catholic school that is run by very strict nuns. As it turns out, Rachel was not only very distracted by her upcoming trip, but by Alejandro’s complete lack of connection to Mexico (he doesn’t own any property, have a steady job, or even an apartment lease in his own name).
Just prior to her drunken party send-off night Rachel was tasked with picking up and holding onto her boss’ laptop while he was off at a conference. Only she misplaces it (it is actually off in the corner of Alejandro’s apartment), and is frantic to find it. For his own part, Alejandro hopes that if he helps her “find” it, she will see him for the good guy he really is, and then grant him his visa. Only (since this is a romantic comedy), romance unexpectedly blossoms between the two, but either sparks or fists will fly after she finds out his secret. In his quest to help, he bounces her all across the city relying on his friends to role-play how much of a good guy he is.
This is a cute, sweet film, that is played out in both English and Spanish (with subtitles) and deserves to be watched.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.