This Spanish import from 2002 has just arrived on DVD in the U.S. The chief reason I rented this film was because it made Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News’ top ten list a few years back. I can see why people really like the film, but I feel it doesn’t work completely.
The film is a parody of Westerns. Carlos (Luis Castro) is a rebellious and destructive tween whose mother Laura (Carmen Maura, VALENTIN) tells him very little about his father who died in a stunt accident on a movie set. Carlos learns that his grandfather Julian (Sancho Gracia, EL CID: THE LEGEND) is still alive and works at a rundown tourist trap, which was originally used as a Western town in spaghetti Westerns. Skipping out on a school skiing trip with his mom’s credit card in hand, Carlos heads off to meet his grandfather. Filled with guilt over his son’s accidental death, Julian rejects Carlos at first, but after the tike bails him out of jail they become quick buddies.