Boricua's Bond (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Boricua's Bond (2000)




Critic Consensus: One-sided, too depressing.

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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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Val Lik
as Allen
Robyn Karp
as Susan Miller
Erica Torres
as Christine
Marco Sorisio
as Off. Highlander
Big Punisher
as Himself
Manuel Cabral
as Tommy's Father
Pietro Gonzalez
as Diner Owner
Manuel Jesus Cabral
as Tommy's Father
Elsa Canals
as Tommy's Mother
Paul Manion
as Detective Chroney
Freddie Lopez
as Singer on the Street
Luis Torres
as Christine's Father
Lissette Montolio
as Christine's Mother
Olga Lebron
as Christine's Aunt
Gerson Munoz
as Christine's Trick
Ileana Rodriguez
as Lady in Window
Daniel Ruiz
as Bouncer #1
Carlos Ruiz
as Bouncer #2
Jeffrey Karp
as Diner Customer
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Critic Reviews for Boricua's Bond

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

An interesting, if deeply unbalanced, combo of random shots of South Bronx street life.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/5
New York Times
Top Critic

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

January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

Like many first films, Boricua's Bond is wildly uneven.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

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.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
TV Guide

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