Nice try, but Almodóvar rules
With gay marriage legalized and grabbing headlines in Spain, it was probably inevitable that a Pedro Almodóvar wannabe would turn out a comedy inspired by last year's mass wedding of same-sex Spanish couples.
Unfortunately, "Queens" focuses less on the men getting married than it does on their mothers, most of them predictable divas. A nymphomaniac sleeps with her son's male lover. A homophobic judge is required to marry her son and his boyfriend. A wealthy woman falls for her gardener, who has a tangled relationship with his son, scheduled to wed her son.
The presence of several Almodóvar actresses and a few Almodóvar in-jokes merely call attention to his absence. The frantic artificiality of the script rarely allows the characters to breathe. This is dinner-theater farce, featherweight and juiceless.
Veronica Forque giggles sweetly through her silly sex-addict role, and Hugo Silva and Raul Garcia generate some chemistry as a couple who grew up together. But even the climactic production number, obviously designed to wow, seems like an afterthought.
— John Hartl
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