The Perez Family (1995)



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Old and new loves are turned upside down through a complex case of mistaken identities in this romantic comedy-drama. In 1980, Juan Raul Perez (Alfred Molina) is released from a Cuban prison after spending 20 years behind bars and is allowed to join a mass emigration to the U.S. While Juan was incarcerated, his wife Carmela Perez (Anjelica Huston) escaped to Florida with their daughter, and Juan lives for the day when they can be reunited. En route to Miami, Juan meets Dottie Perez (Marisa … More

Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Robin Swicord
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2003
Hallmark Entertainment

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as Dottie Perez

as Juan Raul Perez

as Carmela Perez

as Officer Pirelli

as Teresa Perez

as Luz Pat

as Angel Diaz

as Felipe Perez

as Ranjit, Indian Immig...

as Officer Rhoades

as Armando `Papi' Perez

as Steve Steverino

as Officer Aiden

as Father Martinez

as Customer #2

as Cuban Official

as Guajiro Drummer #1

as Transvestite on Boat

as Old Guajiro

as Old Guajiro

as Angel's Secretary

as Male Volunteer

as News Photographer

as Security

as Cuban Prison Guard

as Woman Buying Flowers

as Woman of Many Faces

as Felipe Perez

as Customer

as Young Carmela

as Vilma/Raquel

as Guajiro Drummer

as Guajiro Drummer
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Critic Reviews for The Perez Family

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

Mira Nair's consistent exploration of the search for home is admirable, but her movie is burdened by an unconvincing ensemble that's unable to elevate the serio-comic exploration of Cuban immigrants into a poignant tale.

Full Review… | October 8, 2006
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Mira Nair's Mississippi Masala found humor in ethnic chaos, and the Indian-born director does so again.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Entertainment Weekly
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Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | May 12, 1995
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Perez Family


A ridiculous comedy, which seems to have a much worthy cast than this film gives it credit; Chaz Palminteri, Angelica Houston, Marissa Tomei and Vincent Gallo all of whom have appeared in much better quality films.

The idea as a film is quite comical I guess, collecting family members to create a fiamily, but it was simply a film with a little bit of potential that went horribly wrong.

Lady D'arbanville

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An all-time favorite!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

Marisa was a little over-the-top, but I loved her performance anyway. She was sexy, sultry, primal, everything her character was supposed to be. Alfred Molina and his honest and open face, and his soulful and sexy dark eyes...he was perfection. This movie was highly enjoyable, and left me in need of a cold shower!

Christine S

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