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Tijuana Makes Me Happy (2007)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | January 2007 (USA)
A boy will do anything to become a man and win the heart of a young prostitute... Even fight his rooster.


Dylan Verrechia
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pablo Tendilla Ortiz Pablo Tendilla Ortiz ... Indio
Pablo Tendilla Rocha Pablo Tendilla Rocha ... Jhonny
Aidée González Aidée González ... Rebecca (as Aidee Gonzalez)
Darina Rabago Soto Darina Rabago Soto ... Brianda
Luis Angel Carmona Arochi Luis Angel Carmona Arochi ... Luis
Jorge Hernández Jorge Hernández ... Sacramento
Ivan Equihua Carlos Ivan Equihua Carlos ... Pescado
Marco Carmona Arochi Marco Carmona Arochi ... Marcos
Pablo Jimenez Rivera Pablo Jimenez Rivera ... Tocallo
Raúl Rodriguez Rodriguez Raúl Rodriguez Rodriguez ... Ruli
Mitchell Harris Mitchell Harris ... Mitch
Alejandro Ramirez Achutegui Alejandro Ramirez Achutegui ... Fidel
Augustina Ocampo Lopes Augustina Ocampo Lopes ... Herself
Javier Ocampo Javier Ocampo ... Jesús
Efrain Serrano Efrain Serrano ... Efrain


Every man remembers how hard it is being 15 years old: Your voice is cracking, your hormones are raging, school is boring, the girl you love is a young prostitute who won't go out with you because you don't have enough cash, so you start smuggling drugs across the border in order to save enough money to buy a rooster so you can enter a cockfight and win her love. It's a tale as old as time itself. Tijuana Makes Me Happy, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Slamdance Film Festival, is both a charming coming-of-age story and a celebration of the most infamous of all Mexican border towns. It's also a subtle criticism of society's lust for money and success and the lengths to which people will go to attain both. For the film's hero, Indio, the city's red-light district is a siren's song of erotic mystery. While just across the border - the "other side," as Tijuanans call it - lies a world of boundless economic possibility. In the middle resides Indio's loyalty to his ... Written by Josh Rosenblatt

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Happiness lies at the bottom of Tijuana.


Comedy | Drama | Romance








Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »


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$30,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Es de la rifa!!!
6 November 2007 | by carlossantiago999See all my reviews

I love this movie! I've check it out at the Festival of Tijuana, en el Jai Alai. It brings together so many various aspects and social levels of the city, and each and everyone of those in the movie are great people. The people in the movie seem to be talented actors. I was surprised when the actors came on stage and I realized that they were not. It was the first time they acted. The father was a real mechanic. The cop a real cop. The red light district dancer a real dancer. The rooster trainer real too. Everything is the real deal. And it all seems so naturally as if if it was actually happening. I mean a great piece of directing. When I spoke to the director after the screening, he gave all the credit to those in the film. Speaking to him I could sense real love and respect for his actors. Again best acting I have seen in a long time -- in a Mexican film, or an American film for that matter (for me they always perform to much over the top). So definitely not one of these Hollywood formula movie. But a true singular story that respect the people that have participated in the making of the movie, and in large, I believe the people watching the movie. The director Verrechia has done an important thing for the people in the film and for showing Tijuana its cultural richness as well as its poesy.

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