Boricua's Bond

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One-sided, too depressing.



Total Count: 9


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The feature directorial and screenwriting debut of 21-year-old Russian-born, American-bred Val Lik, Boricua's Bond is a harsh portrait of life in one of New York's tougher neighborhoods. Tommy (salsa star Frankie Negron) is a young Puerto Rican painter who is part of a tight circle of friends that include the rowdy Axel (Ramses Ignacio) and Rose (Kaleena Justiniano), a young woman for whom Tommy has obvious affection. His friends are impressed with Tommy's dedication when he sells a canvas for cash to bail his brother Antonio (Jesglar Cabral) out of jail, but they maintain their own dedication to harassing various denizens of their neighborhood. Their latest target is WASP-ish Allen (director Lik), the new kid on the block, who lives with his single mother, Susan (Robyn Karp). Allen stands up to Tommy's friends, leading Tommy to invite him to join their circle, but a neighborhood cop, Highlander (Marco Sorisio), warns Allen to stick to his own kind. Things get ugly after Highlander visits Allen's home and makes a botched come-on to Susan.

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Critic Reviews for Boricua's Bond

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

  • The film suggests that moon 'n' maul is the standard sexual approach of Latino men to any and every woman.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Like many first films, Boricua's Bond is wildly uneven.

    Jan 1, 2000
  • Mr. Lik was clearly aiming for the hard-hitting authenticity of the music, but his direction lacks the elusive quality of 'flow' crucial to hip-hop and movies alike.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • An interesting, if deeply unbalanced, combo of random shots of South Bronx street life.

    Jan 1, 2000

    Robert Koehler

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  • Amateurish technique by first-time writer-director Val Lik undermines his lofty ambitions.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Scenes that might have played believably in the hands of pros here are as laugh-inducing as Laurence Olivier's 'I haff no son!' scene in The Jazz Singer.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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