My Fault is the latest soapy Spanish film on Amazon Prime and it’s a complete mish-mash of different ideas – in the worst way possible. There’s a little bit of the After series, sprinkled with the steaming scenes of 365 Days. There’s also influences of the Fast and the Furious series, alongside a healthy dose of Cruel Intentions 2. Yes, the sequel, not the first movie.

My Fault (also known as Culpa Mia in Spanish) is a bit of a mess but it’s a watchable mess all the same. This very often falls in the realm of absolute car crash but just like seeing a pile-up on the side of a highway, you feel bad for looking but can’t tear your eyes away from the horror.

This teen romance centers on Noah, a plucky 17 year old who has to leave her town behind and move in with her mother’s boyfriend, Will. He has his own company, a big villa and a hunky son called Nick, whom Noah “hates” until she doesn’t, as it’s immediately clear that there’s some serious sexual tension between the pair.

What ensues from here are a bunch of clichés strung together with toe-curlingly cringy dialogue. There are brief flickers of obstacles for the pair to overcome, including past trauma for Noah, an ex-boyfriend who comes back into the picture and a half-arsed attempt at a love triangle involving nice-guy Mario.

As the film reaches its third act, the picture whiplashes away from cheesy romance and tropes into all-out action thriller territory. While the earlier parts of the film portray a couple of street races, the incredulous way this charges into its final act is hilariously mismanaged. I’m not going to spoil the big climax here but good luck not laughing at the way the “villain” is dispatched by the end.

That’s right, on top of everything else Culpa Mia tries to juggle, there’s a mastermind sending threatening messages to Noah too. As a result, all these competing ideas push aside anything as deep as character development or a competent story.

Noah and Nick may have unresolved past trauma, but they still play into archetypal tropes that we’ve seen a number of times across different films in the past. To make matters worse, everyone else in this film are so forgettable and bland that you’ll wonder why you’re even watching.

But watch it you probably will! This absolutely falls on the side of being a guilty pleasure, as you’ll find yourself morbidly curious to find out what happens next in the story. If you do decide to take the plunge, be prepared to cringe and laugh your way through this one.

My Fault (2023) Review and Plot Summary

Noah (Nicole Wallace) isn’t happy at the moment. Her mother, Rafaella (Marta Hazas), has married a dashing billionaire, Will (Iván Sánchez), and they move to a beautiful seaside town.

The new union has forced Noah away from her boyfriend and best friend. Seventeen and going into her last year of high school, Noah is an independent, proud, and brilliant spitfire who doesn’t need anyone.

That’s when she meets Nick (Gabriel Guevara), Will’s bad boy son, who’s Noah’s new stepbrother. A young man with a penchant for partying, gambling, fighting, and racing fast cars with any woman willing to hold on for dear life in the passenger seat.

Soon, Noah must navigate the friction tension with Nick, a stalker leaving her notes with nasty little threatening sonnets, and a coked-out local gangster she beats like a badass in a race that would make James Dean blush.

That’s the carrot, and there are many carrots because the adaptation of the first entry into Mercedes Ron’s best-selling Culpables trilogy, Culpa Mía, doesn’t have a stick. Ron adapted his work with the help of Domingo González, making his directorial debut, and he has never met a genre cliché he didn’t like.

The film changes direction faster than the characters taking their sharp drifts.

Starting as a rom-com, it shifts gears into an underground martial arts movie, and then into a badass street racing action picture. There are also snippets of psychological stalker tributes — I half expected a Patrick Bergen cameo of Sleeping with the Enemy fame — then settling into a steamy YA romance when My Fault needs a break from its cinematic dissociative identity disorder.