Documentary Title: Cowboy Del Amor
Date Released: March 12th, 2005
Date Seen: June 19th, 2013
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This documentary follows Ivan Thompson, a man who has dubbed himself the Cowboy del Amor – who takes men to Mexico to find them brides. We follow the stories of two men looking for brides as well as Ivan’s own messed up love life. Ivan explains that he started this business when he decided he wanted a Mexican wife himself, and thought he could help out others. All the men have their own weird view of why they want a Mexican woman for a wife. The American men have very distorted and messed up views of the Mexican women, as well as vice-versa. They all seem to have a “the grass is greener on the other side” attitude. The documentary itself sucks you in just because the people, especially the American men, are just so interesting that you want to watch it all. There are some super awkward moments, but they’re still interesting so you keep on it. I’d say watch it if you like weird documentaries.
I was astonished by how pretty some of these women were, and how young and successful they were too. There’s one girl who is a dermatologist, and is super pretty. But, unfortunately for her, she can’t cook so she loses some points. No matter that she’s a successful doctor, if she can’t cook and keep the home nice… meh. It’s also scary when you see what Ivan’s wife used to look like at age 23 and what she looks like now at lord knows what age… probably close to 40…. yikes. It’s partly due to her terrifying makeup though. But she did seem like a nice lady. I also really liked that even though Ivan and his wife are now divorced, he still invites her over, wants to see HER kids, and he does clearly care about them. But then back to the scary, she tells a story about wanting to learn English at school, but he wouldn’t let her because he didn’t want her to make friends. Ivan says it’s because she became to “Americanized” and wanted to be the boss of the house, so he had to divorce her. Creepy mother effer, but you know, it’s obvious the men just want pretty, stupid, homemakers that won’t leave. But, I mean, you shouldn’t be surprised, since towards the end of the documentary he describes his business – the “woman business” – as being exactly the same as the horse business.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
So, here’s just a collection of random thoughts I had while the documentary was on.
The guy, Rick, says he wants a Mexican woman because most American women are too hard to please…. and yet, in his ad he has height, weight, age, previous marital status preferences, and then turns down a number of girls immediately for silly reasons (like the fact that one lady had a kid… which his ad said was ok)…. who is the hard to please one here?
When the men are in the hotel room and playboy is on, awkward!
The Thanksgiving meal was awkward… that just whole interaction of meeting the family, watching tv, talking, etc. I felt so bad for her. You know she was like “omg what have I gotten myself into”. But then he pulls out that ring and she’s back in. And their food looked nasty, btw.
Speaking of bad food, the pancakes Ivan makes look disgusting, and then you see the batter, and I hope to god those chunks were chocolate chips or something, because that batter did not look right. And wtf was up with the scene where Ivan shows you how he can run? Weirdo. Then later, when he describes Pancho Villa…. wow, just wow. “He’s my hero, but I’m not really sure what he did” and then kind of vaguely describes who he thinks Pancho Villa is.
An interesting documentary, that’s decently shot, keeps you engaged, and has a super weird matchmaker old guy that you want to laugh at but are also creeped out by at the same time.