Movie Review: Don’t Let Me Drown (2009) (Great Flick)

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual references.

In a post-September 11th world overflowing with fear and hate, two Latino teens discover that sometimes the only thing that can keep them from drowning is love.

Director:
Cruz Angeles
Writers:
Cruz Angeles, Maria Topete
Stars:
E.J. Bonilla, Gleendilys Inoa and Damián Alcázar

For More Info:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0760166

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I never heard of this movie when it came out.Thankfully it was one of those great things you just happen upon on the net like a rare song by one of your favorite artists you never heard or naked cell phone pics of Rhianna.Long story short I enjoyed everything about this movie.It follows a group of characters in NY a few weeks after September 11th 2001.It transported me back to that time of not only feeling the gloom of the towers falling but the simple fact I felt like I knew each character somehow.I think all the actors did a bang up job in capturing the realism of everyday people.I think you can relate to them like one might be a neighbor,family member, a girlfriend (when you were that age),one of your boys (at that age), or just someone you might just happen to pass walking down the street here and there etc.Whether its the father’s anger and the way he takes it out on the family after losing his other daughter in the towers.Or Lalos(male lead) uncle trying to teach him about the clitoris and that not wearing a condom feels better when his mother finds a picture of him kissing Stefanie and tells her brother to have a talk with Lalo about NOT getting her pregnant.Or the way Lalo and the uncle hike on the mother about the way she says shut up at dinner.Also the ribbing amongst friends on Lalo about being Mexican cause hes the only one in the crew that’s not Dominican or Puerto Rican.Their was one a part that had me really laugh where Lalo tries to hook up with Stefenie(female lead) for the first time and tells her “I think we can work out”, and shes like “what the you think i’m fat?”.The movie is definitely a breath of fresh air.Its great to see real people on the real streets of NY in a movie as opposed to the usual Hollywood version where they would have Miley Cryus and Zac Efron in the roles of two latino kids living in Brooklyn that’s filmed in Canada.

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This movie is not only a heart warming tale of loss and first love but a great time period piece of NYC weeks after Sep 11th.It not only captures the feeling and New York attitude of the time period (almost 10 yrs to the date) but also the emotion of falling in love for the first time.I definitely give it my two thumbs up.

So what’s your verdict Fonzi?

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Heyyyyyyyy!!!! 2 thumbs up, no doubt!!!

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