La Boda de Valentina (Valentina’s Wedding) is about a young woman planning a wedding when life gets in the way.
The movie stars Marimar Vega as the title character. The film is mostly in Spanish and includes subtitles for English speaking audiences.
Valentina Hidalgo is a Mexican immigrant living in the United States who falls in love with an American man named Jason Tate, played by Ryan Carnes.
Both Valentina and Jason come from wealthy families. Both have agreed not to Google each other’s family. When he proposes, she accepts in a spectacular manner.
While planning for her wedding in the U.S., the decisions of her family in Mexico create conflict for Valentina. The family patriarch Demetrio Hidalgo is seeking political office and uses Valentina as a chess piece in crafting his public image. The Hidalgo family all contributes to Demetrio’s campaign, including an aunt in jail who keeps in touch with the family via Skype.
The Hidalgo family is interesting because they are a parody of a celebrity family. Demetrio’s foray into politics makes him a target for Adrian Corcuera. The Mexican news outlets report their activities frequently.
The reporters find vulnerabilities in the family, which leads to interesting and entertaining moments. A night of youthful drinking for Valentina’s younger brother becomes fodder for journalists. A rival faction targets the younger brother and extract sensitive information about Valentina’s martial status.
The focus for Valentina changes from planning a wedding to damage control. During her return to Mexico she rediscovers the life that she once took for granted.
The mothers of both bride and groom unite to create an amusing alliance. Viewers expecting to see a wedding are rewarded with Valentina in her wedding dress next to the man she loves.
A simple, yet compelling scene, the head of the Hidalgo family demonstrates leadership and gains favor with a neighborhood. He helps to enforce a rule on a street filled with vendors, which makes him seem worthy for political office.
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