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OK, I had to adjust my review criteria to be more in line with 5 stars. Flixster doesn't even consider you like the movie unless you give it at least 3 1/2. However, they probably had to do this because if they did like at 3 stars, most movies probably would be liked by 98% of Flixster users.
Based on this:
* 1/2 or less = Extremely disappointing
** = Movie may have some redeemable moments, but not sure if it was worth watching entire movie
** 1/2 = Movie was "ok" but perhaps disappointing
*** = Movie was good enough to "like"
*** 1/2 = Good movie
**** = Extremely enjoyable
**** 1/2= Excellent movie, very few movies receive this rating each year
***** = Classic movie, very few movies ever receive this rating
I thought this was a good story... about two very different people who even though have similar heritage are adapting to their own lives in the US... and even how both in their own way fall victim to false dreams... but eventually are able to resolve their inner demons by being honest with themselves and that is where true hope lies.
The whole movie seemed as surreal as Joe's view of the world. Even though there were a lot of big name stars in the movie, I don't know why... I am not sure how we're supposed to care about a guy who whines all the time. I guess the low point of the movie is the end where neither Joe or Mary do not improve themselves. Not that there's any problems with them having faults. Noone is perfect. Mary even went to have counseling, and yes, while he turned out to be creepy, she couldn't see that her frustration was with a guy who complained about paying rent each month, complained about having to have protected sex, was so conceited that he believed he was called by Madonna, etc., etc.. And the "happy" ending is that she lets Joe have unprotected sex with her?