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Cariocas: Blame it on Rio (2009)

Short | Short, Comedy

Having lived in Los Angeles for the last eight years, Brazilian native Rodrigo is unexpectedly called back to Brazil for a family emergency. From the moment he lands in the "marvelous city," Rodrigo feels like a tourist in his own country....See moreHaving lived in Los Angeles for the last eight years, Brazilian native Rodrigo is unexpectedly called back to Brazil for a family emergency. From the moment he lands in the "marvelous city," Rodrigo feels like a tourist in his own country. The cultural differences between life in America and Brazil are more apparent than ever. The term "express" doesn't apply to the service industry; rush-hour traffic in Los Angeles would be considered a good day on the streets of Rio; and unlike LA, most gay men in Rio exist in a "glass closet." If that weren't enough, his friends' personal lives seem to be spiraling out of control. Marcos is sleeping with a married man. Pro-beach volleyball player, Paulo, is sleeping with just about everyone on the beach except for his assistant Caio, the lovesick Eighteen year-old from a modest background. Rodrigo's mother, Betty, is recovering from yet another botched plastic surgery with the aide of a bevy of prescription pills. For his part, Rodrigo has been avoiding his first love, Felipe, ever since they bumped into one another on Ipanema beach. More certain than ever, Rodrigo believes he's finally found love and happiness in the US with his longtime boyfriend, and is unwillingly to fully embrace his heritage and counts the days until his return to Los Angeles. However, after a few weeks with his best friends and mother, Rodrigo begins to fall in love with Rio and wonders why he ever left. He, along with his boys, must still deal with the everyday drama that comes with being a gay carioca. From new boyfriends to life in the closet, from strained friendships to career changes, Rodrigo discovers that these men persevere and live their lives with a combination of passion, humor and grace. Written by A. Guedes See less
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Andre Mello (creator) | Robert Rave (creator)
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May 13, 2009 (Brazil)

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Andre Mello
Rodrigo Rodrigo   See fewer
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Marcello Melo Jr.
Paulo (as Marcello Melo Junior) Paulo (as Marcello Melo Junior)   See fewer
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