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Jefe is comical, but as for the whole redemption that is part of Netflix’s synopsis? I don’t know about that.

Director(s) Sergio Barrejón
Written By Natxo López, Marta Sofía Martins
Date Released 10/26/2018
Genre(s) Comedy
Good If You Like Jokes Which Aren’t Politically Correct

Comedic Situations

Noted Cast
Cesar Luis Callejo
Javier Josean Bengoetxea
Ariana Juana Acosta
Gomez Carlo D’ursi
Diego Teo Planell
Charly Adam Jezierski

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Summary (Ending on 2nd Page)

Cesar, alongside Javier, have ran a company together for more than a decade but it has recently hit a rough patch. The kind which is attracting negative attention from both the government and the stock market. Yet, despite financial straits, Cesar has no desire for layoffs. It is even made clear during the financial crises they didn’t let anybody go. For, despite how vulgar, if not aggressive, Cesar can be, he does seem to value loyalty in some form.

Which doesn’t really help him with his current situation. He has less than a week to get the company onto a path where people can have faith in them and a loan can be approved. Which gets derailed by a corruption investigation, Cesar’s wife and him having issues and, a little bit by a cleaning person named Ariana. Someone who helps Cesar, in a non-sexual way, and perhaps becomes just what he needed, maybe more than Javier, to get through this crisis.


There Is An Effort To Make Cesar A Lovable Ass****

Cesar (Luis Callejo)
Cesar (Luis Callejo)

While Cesar cheats on his wife, has a drug habit, is homophobic, among many things, thanks to Ariana and Javier, you see this lovable side. You know, sort of like a gruff dad who gets on your last damn nerve, and you want to yell at, but also hug when you say goodbye. It’s a weird balance which Callejo plays well, especially when working with the actors of the two aforementioned characters.

Cesar & Ariana Are Platonic

Ariana (Juana Acosta) smiling at Cesar
Ariana (Juana Acosta)

Despite Ariana being the female lead, and perhaps only one kind of developed in the entire movie, she doesn’t end up with Cesar. Which is perhaps a major spoiler, not sure, but I like that she didn’t because it allowed her some autonomy. It made it so she seemingly didn’t exist in Cesar’s world but instead lived in the same one. One which he may have had more influence over, but it didn’t make it so she didn’t have some power over her fate. She wasn’t made into his new young thing. She simply was a young woman who was friendly and they came into each other’s life at an opportune moment. Thus resulting in a decent friendship. One which could become something more down the road, but for now is just platonic.

On The Fence

The Comedy Won’t Appeal To Everyone

Most of the comedy deals with Cesar harassing people or having awkward moments, like being face first with Ariana’s vagina – it’s that kind of movie. Which leads to hit or miss comedy for me, but could be a good ole’ time for you. Just depends if you like one person verbally assaulting another or the rare sexual joke. And I do mean rare for outside of questioning if someone is a homosexual, sex, and sexuality isn’t a big thing.

I will say though, some of the funniest scenes will be Charly and Cesar’s as Cesar is negotiating, through this message delivery boy, the terms of his divorce.

Overall: Mixed (Divisive)

Jefe is the kind of film which isn’t bad, by any means. The bigger issue is that it doesn’t excel at anything to be considered good. The jokes aren’t undeniably funny, the twists and turns of who may be the thief aren’t made to be compelling, and while Cesar’s relationships make it so he isn’t a total douche, he doesn’t ever reach a point of really becoming redeemed. Just more tolerable.

Leading to the mixed label. Jefe is something fun to watch but it isn’t engaging to the point where, if you have other stuff you can be doing, you’ll forget about all that and hone your attention in on this.

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