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‘Acapulco’ brings the exotic to our screens

By Francine Brokaw - Special to the Daily Herald | Oct 6, 2021

Acapulco is streaming now on AppleTV. (Courtesy photo)

“Acapulco” is an intriguing series that tells the story of how Maximo Gallardo went from a poor boy living with this sister Sara and mother to a worldwide mogul. It all started in 1984 when this young boy got a job as a pool boy in the hottest resort in Acapulco — Las Colinas.

The series has the wealthy Maximo (Eugenio Derbez) relaying his life’s story to his young nephew Hugo (Raphael Alejandro). This little kid has grown up not knowing the roots of his family, so Maximo thinks it is now time to tell him how he pulled himself up with his bootstraps to become one of the world’s biggest moguls. As the episodes unwind, Maximo’s true character comes to light. He begins as an innocent young boy who is honest yet cunning, and is overjoyed to get any job at all at this incredible resort. His best friend is given a job in the laundry room, but thanks to Maximo’s moxie, he lands a coveted job as a pool boy. By being straightforward with the manager, Don Pablo (Damián Alcázar), Maximo made himself stand out, and in this world that is exactly what he needs to do.

Maximo (Enrique Arrizon) is immediately drawn to Julia (Camila Perez), the receptionist, but soon learns her boyfriend Chad (Chord Overstreet) is the boss. While pining for Julia, Maximo continues to work his way into the good graces of those at the hotel. His sweetness, and often his innocence, combined with his moxie ingratiated himself to the guests. Throughout the season, viewers see him grow as a young man who has his family’s best interest at heart. He wants to earn enough money to get his mother the eye surgery she desperately needs, but also to give them all a better life.

While the mature Maximo relays his story to his nephew, viewers understand how he matured and how his intelligence and friendliness aided in his advancement. Of course, this first season does not get into how he became the big mogul he is today, but it does lay the groundwork for how he became the hard working young boy that got him and his family into a better life. That’s not to say they were not happy in their little home, but as Maximo knew, they could always do better. And that was his goal while he began his career in Las Colinas.

“Acapulco” premieres Oct. 8, on Apple TV+. To say it is addicting is an understatement. If you do not speak or understand Spanish, don’t worry. The few sections when they speak Spanish have subtitles, however most of the show takes place at the resort where it is English only! So take an exotic vacation to the Mexican Riviera with Maximo, Julia, and all the gang as they maneuver through their lives, relationships, and the resort of Las Colinas.

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