Review of “Porn and Ice Cream”, a series by and with Martin Piroyansky (Amazon Prime Video)

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The creator of April in New York and Voley bets on the comedy of entanglements in this story that also has him as one of the protagonists and in which the mythical Susana Giménez appears.

Porn and ice cream (Argentina/2022). Director and showrunner: Martin Piroyansky. Cast: Martín Piroyansky, Ignacio Saralegui, Sofia Morandi, Susana Giménez, Eliseo Barrionuevo, Martín Pavlovsky, Javier Niklison, Santiago Korovsky, Santiago Talledo and Favio Posca. Screenplay: Martín Piroyansky, Martina López Robol, Santiago Korovsky and Rodrigo Moraes. Photography: German Nocella. Music: Martin Bosa and Diego Rodríguez. Duration: 8 episodes of about 30 minutes each. Available on Amazon Prime Video from Friday the 11th.

The big news in the mass media regarding Porn and ice creamis that “it marks the return to acting of Susana Giménez”. And, although her appearance in episodes 6 and 7 in the role of Roxana is a real curiosity, she is still a secondary character in this comedy of entanglements. The diva plays the despotic wife of a senator who has everything on track to be president. That family is about to organize a party in honor of the youngest daughter for whom Los Debiles Mentales, the band of the protagonists Pablo (Martín Piroyansky) and Ramón (Ignacio “Nachito” Saralegui), is hired. We will see the Roxana of “Su” of her first in her imposing mansion, then in a limousine, but also dominated by a particular addiction and compulsive fetish linked to owning all the articles of a gigantic chain of household articles. And, like a delirious Buenos Aires musical,

But -I reiterate-, beyond the welcome ease of her return to the film sets, Susana Giménez is a side contribution that, of course, the producers and Amazon Prime Video have taken advantage of in a central way for the marketing of the series.

So let’s go back to the beginning: Pablo and Ramón are two rather immature thirtysomethings without too many concerns. They usually meet for sessions of, yes, porn and ice cream until a power outage leads them to take refuge in the Oxford, a junk bar where they will discover a new universe. And, although they don’t have the slightest idea of ​​how to play and compose, they will end up forming a rock group with Ceci (Sofia Morandi, pure sympathy), a young swindler, as manager.

In his quadruple role as showrunner, director, co-writer, and lead, Piroyansky immerses himself without prejudice in the subgenre of losers with hearts. Indeed, the characters are authentic losers , somewhat clumsy and pathetic, but -even avoiding differences, contradictions and circumstantial misunderstandings- they never stop celebrating friendship.

 

Beyond certain unevenness (some scenes look a bit forced and others gain fluidity and humor), Porno yGELADO overcomes certain initial setbacks and finds its mark, its tone and its appeal as the episodes go by. A night bar with the creatures that frequent it, the rock scene, taxi drivers, Venezuelan immigrants and the actions of swindlers (at a certain point Ceci’s father will appear to understand her “origin”) are some of the elements that Piroyansky handles as more findings that you lack in a nice, superficial and satisfying series: like watching a bit of porn and/or devouring a kilo of ice cream.