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Mariano lives and breathes futbol, especially as it pertains to the Mexican national team/

He nervously drinks shots with friends and relatives, bickers over whether they are “traitors” for not rooting hard enough and trash talks one and all when they score.

“If I watch the Mexican team play, they never lose,” he brags, in Spanish with English subtitles. “I am their good luck charm.

Mariano (Adrian Uribe) leads younger brother Pancho (Carlos Manuel Vesga) singing, “Ay, yai yai yai, Canta y no llores” after every win.

OK, it’s Mexico. He sings even after a draw. A man’s got to have something.

Something more than living like a 40something mooch in the house he grew up in, more than a cushy government job which he’s barely clinging to, more than vintage 70s hair, a ’70s mustache and a dishy, indulgent Colombian girlfriend, Luz (Julieth Restropo).

MPAA Rating: TV-14, sex, death

Cast: Adrian Uribe, Julieth Restrepo, Carlos Manuel Vesga, José Sefami

Credits:Directed by Rodrigo Triana, script by  Dago GarcíaLuis Felipe Salamanca. A Netflix release.

Running time: 1:29

About Roger Moore

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