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Kika

1993 1h 55m Comedy List
59% Tomatometer 17 Reviews 71% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings When Nicholas (Peter Coyote), a famous American author, brings in a cosmetologist named Kika (Verónica Forqué) to prepare the corpse of his recently deceased son, Ramon (Alex Casanovas), Kika inadvertently revives the young man, then falls in love with him. Forces conspire against the couple, though, as Nicholas wants Kika for himself. Kika also must contend with the fact that her maid is sheltering her convict brother in her apartment while tabloid TV show "Today's Worst" covers her romance. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune Using his typical assortment of aggressive female characters, Almodovar spends more time on the fashions of his protagonists than on their souls. Rated: 1/4 Aug 16, 2017 Full Review Janet Maslin New York Times Kika is actually one of this film maker's more buoyant recent efforts, a sly, rambunctious satire that moves along merrily until it collapses -- as many Almodovar films finally do -- under the weight of its own clutter. Rated: 3/5 May 20, 2003 Full Review Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle A riot of colors, Kika is sometimes sick, sometimes playful, but consistently hilarious and entertaining in ways that few films have been lately. Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Kika demonstrates great security within Almodovar's style...pure fun. [Full review in Spanish] Jun 7, 2022 Full Review Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot Kika is not good for several reasons. For one, Almodovar tries to get too serious. Rated: 2/4 Feb 25, 2022 Full Review Ruhaan Shah Film Companion While the film could potentially border on perverse, Almodóvar walks a tight rope making sure that the bawdy comedy is consciously never vile. Apr 29, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member As many reasons as there are to dislike this movie (no sense of direction and sexual abuse as a tool for comedy mainly) the movie's well-intentioned nature, it's quirky characters and overall charm make for a fun and unforgettable watch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Jean-Paul Gaultier designs the zingy costumes worn by Victoria Abril and even the bewilderment pales in variegated Pedro Almodóvar's disheveled comedy about the eponymous makeup artist embroiled in affairs with her occasionally cataleptic fashion photographer lover and his stepfather, and in a notorious discomfortingly riotous rape scene. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member 7.7 [Pedro Almodóvar] Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A silly and perverse exorcise from Almodovar that entertains despite itself. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member To me, the best Almodovar's movie. He's at the highest level of his typically dirty sexy image (not only the women, everything), abandoned only with Talk to Her. All great characters, but, of course, Kika is the best, a wonderfully peculiar (highly!) sensible and realistic woman. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member By the early 1990's, Pedro Almodóvar had become a favourite in world cinema, making diverse yet beautifully looking and critically acclaimed films. As his follow up to High Heels (1991), he made a sort of retreat into the campy outrageousness of his early films, a satire on the intrusive nature of the media. Some of it works, some of it doesn't, but it has some good performances and some other-worldly costumes by Jean Paul Gaultier. Kika (Veronica Forquà (C)) is a make-up artist who aspires to be an actress, who ends up involved with American writer Nicholas Pierce (Peter Coyote), and his stepson Ramón (Alex Casanovas). Ramón went into a state of catatonia after his mother died, but Kika seems to have brought him out of it, and they both move in together, however Kika also ends up having an affair with Nicholas as well. This captures the attention of trashy tabloid TV presenter Andrea Caracortada (Victoria Abril), who goes around with a video camera on her head filming grieving people and aftermaths of violent encounters. After Kika has a traumatic incident, Andrea Caracortada won't leave her alone. This film has a rape scene played for laughs, it shouldn't work, but it does, sort of. But, the film on a whole if kind of like someone you found funny when you were younger, but they're trying to be funny and wacky years later, and it looks embarrassing. It does look good mind, but even Almodóvar later said the film was a let down. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When Nicholas (Peter Coyote), a famous American author, brings in a cosmetologist named Kika (Verónica Forqué) to prepare the corpse of his recently deceased son, Ramon (Alex Casanovas), Kika inadvertently revives the young man, then falls in love with him. Forces conspire against the couple, though, as Nicholas wants Kika for himself. Kika also must contend with the fact that her maid is sheltering her convict brother in her apartment while tabloid TV show "Today's Worst" covers her romance.
Director
Pedro Almodóvar
Production Co
El Deseo S.A.
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
European Spanish
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 1, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
$423.5K
Runtime
1h 55m
Sound Mix
Surround
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