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Selena Quintanilla was a major figure in Tejano music, a Grammy-winning recording artist, a beloved star in the American Southwest and Mexico, and seemed poised to cross over into mainstream popularity on the U.S. pop charts when she was murdered on March 31, 1995 by the president of her fan club. Written and directed by Gregory Nava, this biopic concentrates on Selena's relationship with her family and her rise to fame, dealing only briefly with her tragic death. Abraham Quintanilla (Edward
Mar 21, 1997 Wide
Sep 23, 1997
Warner Home Video
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Selena surmounts its connect-the-dots approach to its heroine's life to create an appealing, energetic look at a too-briefly soaring musical star.
Nava, who started his feature-film career with El Norte, is a good director who invariably finds a strong rapport with his actors. He's not much of a writer, though, and he should think twice about creating dialogue for his future projects.
Missing is a sense of the interior life behind the smiling face that Selena showed the world. What of the drive that led her to music? What comfort did she find in it? What pain?
This is a simple story of hope and triumph, of one girl with the drive to succeed defying the odds and following her dream. It's not an original tale -- movies like this abound -- but Nava's point-of-view is fresh.
Selena Quintanilla Perez's life was too short to fill a screen bio with traditional dramatic components, yet Selena infectiously salutes the Tejano singer who had a rapturous fan base when she was slain in 1995.
Jennifer Lopez ... elevates the film immensely with her radiant and energetic performance.
Even in its sappiest moments, Jennifer Lopez's performance and Selena's music shine through.
In spite of Jennifer Lopez' strong performance, it doesn't save an incomplete story that only covers some of Selena's life.
In her first major, star-making role, Jennifer Lopez is compelling, but the rest of this showbiz biopic is shallow and excessively melodramatic, like most of Gregory Nava's films.
Lopez's commanding presence makes up for any of the script's shortcomings.
Jennifer Lopez is outstanding as Selena, lending ability and grace to the stage numbers, in particular, but throughout the film, in general.
Beautiful movie, Lopez's best work
Not only gives you some insight into a talented young singer, but some insight into Chicano life in the U.S. Most of all, it is a solid love story.
On the whole, the movie bogs down in reverence for Selena and her family; I lost count of the speeches about believing in yourself and making dreams come true.
Jennifer Lopez is sensational. She not only looks remarkably like the real star, but she radiates the same incredible energy, warmth, style and magnetism for which the young pop singer was known.
That the story is bland, boring, and way too long at two hours and eleven minutes is beside the point. She has been beatified, so the film will make millions.
Audience Reviews for Selena
- Selena Quintanilla: I mean, did it really happen? Are we here?
- Chris Perez: Yes we're here.
- Selena Quintanilla: Married and it's ok with everybody?
- Chris Perez: We're married. We did it.
- Selena Quintanilla: Baby, I just feel like I can do anything. I want the whole world, dancing to my music and wearing my clothes.
- Chris Perez: Well, then that's what's going to happen. Guarantee. Pretty soon everybody's going to look like Selena.
- Selena Quintanilla: Chris, for the first time in my life I feel like I'm free. Like I can fly if i wanted to. Like I am flying.
- Selena Quintanilla: You know what your problem is, you can't even accept something great even when it's staring you in the face. I may not be street-wise and all that, but at least I know not to be that dumb!
- Young Suzette: Selena, what are you doing?
- Young Selena: I'm looking up at the moon. And I'm dreaming.
- Selena Quintanilla: Don't go to Corpus, go the other way!
- Chris Perez: Where we wanna go, Alaska?
- Selena Quintanilla: Anywhere but Corpus?
- Abie Quintanilla: So much for my bustier.
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