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I Like It Like That
I Like It Like That
Actors: Lauren Vélez, Jon Seda, Tomas Melly, Desiree Casado, Isaiah Garcia
Director: Darnell Martin
Genres: Comedy, Drama
R     2004     1hr 44min

No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Comedy Rating: R Release Date: 13-JUL-2004 Media Type: DVD

     
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Actors: Lauren Vélez, Jon Seda, Tomas Melly, Desiree Casado, Isaiah Garcia
Director: Darnell Martin
Creators: Darnell Martin, Ann Carli, Diana Phillips, Lane Janger, Stephen Lloyd, Tracy Vilar, Victor De Jesus
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/13/2004
Original Release Date: 10/14/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 10/14/1994
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A vibrant slice of urban Latino life
Michael J. Mazza | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 05/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""I Like It Like That," written and directed by Darnell Martin, tells the story of Lisette (Lauren Velez), a young Latina living in the Bronx. When her husband, Chino (Jon Seda) gets into serious trouble, Lauren must support their family. Her attempts to find self-respect and economic stability bring her into conflict with Chino, with her scheming, materialistic mother-in-law (Rita Moreno), and with a white record company executive (Griffin Dunne). Along the way, she gets advice and moral support from Alexis (Jesse Borrego), her sibling, who is a male-to-female transsexual. "I Like It" is a film that is full of life. Through his characters, director Martin offers thoughtful insights on ethnicity, gender identity, family ties, economic pressures, and other issues. The Santeria religion is an interesting backdrop to some of the plot. And the film as a whole is well complemented by a diverse musical score: I heard such elements as R&B, rap, and salsa.The film is enhanced by excellent performances by the mostly Latino cast. It is especially fun to see Latina icon Rita Moreno playing the role of the arrogant mother-in-law (who boasts of her family's "pure Castillian blood") with gusto. Tomas Melly is impressive as Lisette's young son, who faces the temptations of the street. But perhaps the most memorable performance is delivered by Jesse Borrego as the transgendered Alexis; he is alternatingly bitchy, nurturing, witty, and heartbreaking, but always with a core of dignity. I give this film an enthusiastic recommendation."
Realistic Urban Masterpiece
Luis Hernandez | New York, New York, USA | 02/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

""I Like It Like That," is a film will fascinate mostly anyone interested in Latin culture in the United States. Lissete Linares (Velez) is a homemaker, mother of three young kids, and wife to an unfaithful husband. After a sudden change of events (her husband is arrested for looting) Lisette finds herself out to fend for her and her kids in the gritty, tragic world we know as the South Bronx. Director Darnell Martin, who was a protege of Spike Lee, brings the cast alive utilizing realism and humor, and the spporting cast, especially Jesse Borrego as Lisette's transvestite brother are scene stealers due to their versatility in performing both comically and dramatically. Students of Sociology, Anthropology, and Hispanic Studies should watch this film to understand the true status of Puerto Ricans who in the United States and the effects the economic diaspora of the early 20th Century brought to their development. Viewwers should pay careful attention to the main character's views on welfare, religion, and family to understand that although many Puerto Ricans live in poverty they have what many Hispanics who are successful don't have : happiness. Feminists and Women's Studies students should also take time to view this film to view the essence of Latina sexuality and machismo in Latino culture, and also to see the emergence of an empowered, financially-independent woman from the shackles of male servitude. AN EXCELLENT FILM THAT SHOWS THE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT!"
Funny, honest and refreshing.
Derek L Stewart | Arlington, VA United States | 11/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I LOVE this movie. It's terribly funny, brutally honest and as fine a movie on Nuyoricans as you will find. Lauren Velez is extraordinary as Lissette. Her relationship with her son "C" will bring tears to your eyes. Jon Seda is slammin as the philandering husband who's a whore, but one with a heart who loves his wife and kids. This movie manages to do what most other "minority" movies do not; be funny while tackling serious issues, and honest without resorting to base stereotypes. I pray that Darnell Martin gets more play because of this wonderful debut."
I liove this Film!!!
Robert Byrd | Minneapolis, MN United States | 07/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This high energy and spirited look at a Puerto Rican community in the Bronx provides a wonderful little slice of New York life that is thoroughly enjoyable. I could watch this movie repeatedly and continue to be completely entertained. Not bad, considering it's the director's first feature! Not bad at all."