OK, so it will never be mistaken for vintage Pedro Almodovar or Bigas Luna, but the feel-good satire How to Be a Latin Lover nevertheless gives you less cause to be a hater than you might have expected.
Derbez brings warmth and intermittent goofy humor to this too-broad and uneven comedy. The best moments are between him and co-stars Salma Hayek and young Raphael Alejandro, who both have an easy chemistry with Derbez.
Surprisingly deft in mixing Mr. Derbez's broad but accomplished style with more ostensibly hip-absurdist Anglo modes of humor.
Its humor is broad, but most of the jokes work for the intended audience - with a few even breaking through to more resistant viewers.
How to Be a Latin Lover doesn't know how to be a comedy-at least not a 21st century one that can get away with dopey double entendres while promoting the importance of family ties over money.
How To Be A Latin Lover is basically an Adam Sandler movie without the Happy Madison shingle.
An uneven but amusing farce that serves as another hand-tooled vehicle for 'Instructions Not Included' star Eugenio Derbez.
"How to Be a Latin Lover" is a lot like the title character: Soft and flabby around the middle, but not without its own whimsical charms.