Yucatán (film)

Yucatán is a 2018 Spanish comedy film co-written and directed by Daniel Monzón. The film is about a group of scammers who embark in a cruise ship in order to defraud and steal the money of an old baker who recently won millions of euros in the lottery and is travelling on the ship with his family.[3] Yucatán was mostly filmed onboard Pullmantur Cruises's MS Sovereign and on location in the ports where the ship docked during its route.

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Film poster
Directed byDaniel Monzón
Written byJorge Guerricaechevarría
Daniel Monzón
Produced byÁlvaro Augustin
Ghislain Barrois
Jesus Ulled Nadal
Edmon Roch
Javier Ugarte
Edited byCristina Pastor
Music byRoque Baños
Buena Vista International Spain, S.A.
Gummo Films
Ikiru Films
Telecinco Cinema
La Terraza Films
Yucatán La Película, A.I.E.
Distributed byHispano Foxfilms S.A.E.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Spain
Release date
  • August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31) (Spain)
Running time
129 minutes
Box office$5,820,928[1]/$5,922,726[2]


Clayderman (Rodrigo de la Serna) is a con man who, together with his wife Verónica (Stephanie Cayo), works on board the MS Sovereign as a pianist. He uses his position as a crew member to commit petty crimes against the passengers. In Barcelona, Lucas (another scammer) discreetly enters the ship disguised as a crew member. Almost at the same time, Antonio and his family come on board as regular passengers. Clayderman, Lucas, and Verónica have a past together when they used to "work" as a group, but they split up when both Clayderman and Lucas fell in love with Verónica.

As soon as Clayderman finds out that Lucas is on board, he is sure that his old friend is planning a new scam. He starts to investigate and finds that Antonio, an old baker who recently won 161 million euros in the lottery, is on board with his family. From this moment on, Clayderman, Lucas, and Verónica (assisted by their allies) start a competition to see who can defraud and steal the old man's money first.



Most of Yucatán's scenes are set onboard Pullmantur Cruises's MS Sovereign cruise ship.[4] The film was shot on board the ship during a transatlantic crossing from Brazil to Spain. The actors and the crew embarked on April 10, 2016, in Recife and spent 22 days shooting the film, disembarking in Barcelona. The team was composed of about 100 people who lived aboard the ship during this time. While filming was taking place the ship was performing its regular route with passengers; the crew and passengers became part of the film and even acted as extras in some scenes.[5]


Box officeEdit

Yucatán was released in Spain on August 31, 2018. In its opening weekend, the film grossed $1,240,253, finishing number one in the Spanish box office.[6] In its second weekend, the film grossed $1,071,148 and dropped to the second position in the box office.[7] After seven weeks, Yucatán grossed more than $5.8 million only in the Spanish territory, becoming the seventh-highest-grossing film in Spain in 2018.[2][8]


Carlos Boyero [es] of El País wrote: "I think I understand what Daniel Monzón has proposed, but the result seems devastating. Nothing works in this weary plot, null of grace, with interpretations that move between the inane and the grotesque".[9] Xavi Sánchez Pons from the website "Sensacine" did not like the film either, giving it two out of five stars with the explanation: "In Yucatan, all of the comedic gags are forced and lack any kind of surprise effect".[10] Sergio F. Pinilla of Cinemanía liked the film, giving it four out of five stars and commenting: "With non-stop fun, there's the glamour of the musical, the absurdity of romantic comedies, [intrigue] and even animated cartoon slapstick in Yucatán".[11] Noel Murray of Los Angeles Times wrote: "From the exotic ports of call to the occasional musical numbers, “Yucatán” is a mostly enjoyable ride. It's meant to be a throwback to glamorous old Hollywood movies.".[12] Jordan Hoffman of TV Guide wrote: "It's virtually impossible not to be amused by this picture. Like the limitless buffet and late show with dancing girls, it's a simple pleasure, but one with guaranteed success."[13] Sergi Sánchez of Fotogramas gives the film four out of five stars and comments: "[Daniel Monzón] has an infinite affection, not condescension, for his characters and a remarkable empathy for the lights and shadows of the human condition".[14]

Yucatán was nominated for one Gaudí Award in the category of "Best Production Manager (Millor Direcció de Producció)".[15][16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Yucatán (2018)". The Numbers. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Yucatan – Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ de las Heras Bretín, Rut. "Daniel Monzón: "'Yucatán' no es una búsqueda desesperada del chiste"". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ Manuel Fernández, Juan. "YUCATÁN la nueva película de Daniel Monzón en el Sovereign de Pullmantur cruceros". iCuceros (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  5. ^ Ausfet, Andrea. "Yucatán, la 'Cruise Movie' que se Rodó en una Travesía del 'Sovereign'". Noticias de Cruceros (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Spain Box Office August 31–September 2, 2018". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Yucatan – Spain Weekend Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  8. ^ Hopewell, John. "Spain's Box Office Dips Slightly in 2018". Variety. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  9. ^ Boyero, Carlos. "¿Dónde está la gracia?". El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  10. ^ Sánchez Pons, Xavi. "Yucatán". Sensacine (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  11. ^ Pinilla, Sergio. "Yucatán". Cinemanía (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  12. ^ Murray, Noel. "Yucatán". Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ Hoffman, Jordan. "Yucatán". TV Guide.
  14. ^ Sánchez, Sergi. "Yucatán". Fotogramas (in Spanish).
  15. ^ "Edmon Roch nominated for Best Production Management at the Gaudí Awards for Yucatan". Ikiru Films. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Gaudí Awards – 2019 Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 13 January 2019.

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