“How to be a Latin Lover” certainly features a lot of moments and comments about sex and being a lover, but refreshingly, it also shows the growth of the main character, Maximo (Eugenio Derbez), who begins to finally appreciate his sister, Sara (Salma Hayek) and her son, his nephew, Hugo (Raphael Alejandro), as well as the concept and importance of family. There is even a nice scene of Maximo being asked to say grace over a meal.
Maximo is kicked out when his wife has a fling with a younger man and he is forced to take refuge with Sara and Hugo. He used to make his living off of wealthy older women by seducing them, so a bit of pain comes back his way. Sara is a loving mother and a good example to Maximo. Maximo tries to teach young Hugo how to be smooth with the ladies, but to his credit, Hugo ultimately respects the girls in his life and doesn’t take his uncle’s route. Even Maximo begins to finally mature. The movie features talented actors with comic timing, but regrettably, due to the sexual content, we are unable to award the film our Dove Seal. It is nice to see a character changing for the better as Maximo does in this film.