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Brain Drain (2009)

Fuga de cerebros (original title)
Emilio, a shy, not too brilliant pupil at a humble local secondary school, has always harbored a secret love for Natalia, the cutest, brightest girl in the class. On the last day of the ... See full summary »

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Álex Pina (screenplay), Curro Velázquez
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Casas ... Emilio
Alberto Amarilla ... Chuli
Amaia Salamanca ... Natalia
Canco Rodríguez Canco Rodríguez ... Cabra
Gorka Lasaosa ... Ruedas
Pablo Penedo Pablo Penedo ... Corneto
Blanca Suárez ... Voz angelical (voice)
Sarah Mühlhause Sarah Mühlhause ... Claudia Smith
Álex Angulo ... Cecilio
Asunción Balaguer ... Abuela Emilio
Joan Dalmau ... Abuelo Emilio
David Fernández David Fernández ... Loren
José Luis Gil José Luis Gil ... Manuel
Fernando Guillén ... Abuelo Natalia
Loles León ... Rita
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Emilio, a shy, not too brilliant pupil at a humble local secondary school, has always harbored a secret love for Natalia, the cutest, brightest girl in the class. On the last day of the school year, when he finally decides to declare his love, Natalia is awarded a scholarship to study Medicine at Oxford. It would seem that all is lost for Emilio, but his drop-out school-pals are not ready to throw in the towel. After faking qualifications and scholarships, this band of brainless nuts land in Oxford, causing havoc in the normally peaceful campus existence. Written by The Film Catalogue

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Spain

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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Brain Drain See more »

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$1,614,450 (Spain), 24 April 2009, Limited Release
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Antena 3 Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Nutty and romantic comedy full of humor , bad taste , profanities and fun
19 July 2017 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This disconcerting film packs amusement , comical as well as absurd situations , tongue-in-cheek , surrealist comedy , adding conventional pitfalls and many other things . At a humble local secondary school we find Emilio (Mario Casas) a shy , not too brilliant student who has always harbored a secret love for Natalia (Amaia Salamanca), the cutest , brightest girl in the class . Then Emilio pursues the girl of his life to Oxford , determined to win her under the total help his friends . His best outcast friends are the followings : Chuli (Alberto Amarilla) who is blind , Wheels or Ruedas (Gorka Lasaosa) who is a hunger-sex as well as paraplegic young , Cabra (Canco Rodríguez) who is a drug dealer and Corneto (Pablo Penedo) who is a hidden gay . As in Oxford is Natalia , the girl who fell in love when they were children and who rekindles his past childhood romance . After faking qualifications and scholarships by hacker skills , this band of brainless nuts land in Oxford , causing havoc in the normally peaceful campus existence . There his friends decide to help him to get closer to her . After that , the motley and misfit group of underdogs goes into action . However , for each plan that they carry out , the things go wrong . Everything that you can imagine is far from the stupid things that may happen them , as it results in an twisted ending celebration turned upside down .

It is an extremely funny film with entertaining events , giggles , emotion , craziness , binge , twists and intimate love stories . This is an nice and crazy comedy starred by a varied group of young actors ; it packs amusement , slapstick , comical situations , tongue-in-cheek , surrealist comedy including conventional pitfalls and many other things . This is a fast insane movie with a lot of fun situations , antics , bemusement and with a bunch of very hilarious roles . This is another Spanish comedy romp , it is a bemusing story that contains lots of humor , entertainment , funny incidents and involving a bunch of young students who carry out a lot of frolics , do mischief , vandalism and acts of hooliganism to get their purports . The film moves in fits and starts most of which would be desirable , with more traps the viewer resists any kind , and some moments of enjoyment and others quite a few ridiculous . Humor is sometimes cheesy and gross-out with numerous naughty and picaresque situations such as sex jokes , bad taste , threesome and adult scenes . This is a typical Spanish comedy from the 2000s similarly to "Three Many Weddings" or ¨3 Bodas De Más¨ by Javier Ruiz Caldera , ¨La Gran Familia Española¨ by Daniel Sanchez Arevalo and ¨Quién mató a Bambi?¨ (2013) by Santi Amodeo with habitual ingredients , such as silly humor , embarrassing events and close relationships among people . It turns out to be pleasantly fun that offers no intellectual stimulus whatsoever ; an exercise in pure amusement in which entertainment and fun are guaranteed . The characters are quite odd , grotesque and weird and the film races on at incredible speed with the geek friends proceeding their embarrassing as well as harebrained schemes . My feelings are extremely mixed but I must admit there are things I haven't been able to stop laughing about it ; however , it also contains bad taste , piggy humor , abound sexual remarks , profanity and grossed themes . A few of the scenes are amusing , they elicit chuckles but no very enjoyable laughs . Well produced by known television producers as Mercedes Gámero , Alex Pina and Daniel Ecija .

The motion picture was regularly directed by Fernando González Molina . This Spanish filmmaker Fernando González Molina has realized successful films , most of them starred by Mario Casas , such as : "Three Steps Above Heaven" and its sequel ¨Tengo Ganas De Ti¨ . He went on directing hits as the $13.5 million period drama "Palm Trees in the Snow" also with Mario Casas . ¨Brain drain¨¨ or ¨Fuga De Cerebros¨ being followed by ¨Brain drain 2¨ directed by Carlos Therón in his second feature film and in which the brainless teenagers form Brain Drain are back and this time they will be going to the Veterinary Faculty at Harvard University . While the first installment ¨Brain drain¨ was starred by Emilio/Mario Casas , here the main role goes to his the younger brother , Alfonso Carbajosa , Adrian Lastra , playing a similar role , chasing his dream girl with the same harebrained schemes his brother used in Oxford.


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