El Superstar: The Unlikely Rise of Juan Frances (2010)
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Born Jonathan French in Beverly Hills, California and orphaned at 3 months, this young boy was adopted by his Mexican nanny, Nena (Lupe Ontiveros) and step-father, E.J. (Danny Trejo) and raised to be a good, God-fearing Mexican with a love for ranchero music. At age 33, in his "Jesus Year," and now known as Juan Frances, he is a gardener, valet-parker, short-order cook, nanny and janitor by day, but has been blessed by the Virgin of Guadalupe with the talent to sing like the angels. He takes his
Sep 17, 2010 Limited
Jan 18, 2011
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First-time director Amy French's musical mockumentary plays out like The Jerk-meets-Tommy set in East L.A.
It may be a minor film, but it does offer infectious pleasures in the endearing French and in its off-the-wall humor.
Norman Lear should have been able to introduce the Frenches to someone who could have gotten more humor out of the premise.
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