Gael García Bernal
Daniel Giménez Cacho
Now I will mention a few things I did like about this film, for it wasn’t all bad. The story was quite entertaining once I started to get it, with the blackmail, the drag queens (what fabulous performances), the homosexuality, the abusive priest, so it was certainly not boring and it kept my interest throughout. The two main actors, Gael Garcia Bernal who plays Ignacio Rodriguez/Angel Andrada/Zahara and one other character that I can’t give away for it may be a spoiler, and Fele Martinez, who portrays his childhood friend Enrique Goded, the filmmaker who ends up liking Ignacio’s secret script and becomes his lover, are very talented and some would say very good-looking too. The script in the film is somewhat autobiographical and the parts of the film that are the script within the script were too frustrating for me, but hey, that’s just my opinion and others might love those same aspects of this film. It’s quite personal really.
Other good points were the cinematography, which was good, and the Spanish dialogue because it’s one of my favorite languages and it’s so beautiful to hear. And yes, Gael Garcia Bernal looks a lot like Julia Roberts when he is Zahara, the drag queen performer, especially in the first scene where he/she sings on stage.
Deleted Scenes: Two scenes one of which would have made the film quite a bit different had it not been cut. Five minutes long.
Red Carpet Footage from AFI Film Festival: A twenty minute long in-depth premiere with interviews with the director and main actor as well as Spanish movie star Penelope Cruz on the red carpet. Set over film noir music. This feature is inter-cut with many scenes from the movie.
Making of Bad Education: A strange "making of", less than 2 minutes long, silent, showing clips from the making of the film set to classical music. Enjoyable because it’s so short and sweet.
Photo Gallery Poster Explorations: A billion different versions of the film poster, “La Mala Educacion”, okay, about 42 versions actually. Cool feature.
Previews including the original Spanish theatrical trailer.
However, if one has reservations about the not-too-simple storyline here, then one might have to reconsider renting this one, as I had trouble understanding some of it and perhaps that may be due to the foreign aspect of it, because I never had trouble understanding English film noirs. It really is a very personal choice, this is a hard film to pin down, and I myself felt lukewarm about it whereas others might love it or hate it. Rent or buy at your own discretion.