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My Big Night 

Wednesday, Apr 20 2016
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Álex de la Iglesia's comedy My Big Night is utterly bugfuck, in the best possible sense of that word. The night is the October pre-taping of a super-flashy New Year's Eve broadcast in Madrid in which — deep breath — married hosts Roberto (Hugo Silva) and Cristina (Carolina Bang) are bickering while there are rioters outside calling corrupt producer Benítez (Santiago Segura) to resign while aging pop legend Alphonso (Raphael) has a professional rivalry with up-and-comer Adanne (Mario Cass) who himself doesn't know there's a conspiracy to steal his semen — though Alphonso does realize that his son and manager Yuri (Carlos Areces) has hired golden-voiced assassin (Jaime Ordóñez) to kill him while sad-sack seat-filler Jose (Pepón Nieto) fears for his own life as he gets involved with fellow extra Paloma (Blanca Suárez), who is both lovely and shares his appreciation for scars but around whom men have an unfortunate tendency to be horribly injured. And it's actually far more complicated and fast-paced than that. Many references in My Big Night will likely fly over the heads of those not conversant in Spanish pop culture, such as the unknown-to-Americans superstar Raphael riffing on his own image, but it's goofy fun regardless. And did you know everyone in Spain apparently uses WhatsApp? Silly foreign comedies have so much to teach us.

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