Filly Brown

2013

Filly Brown (2013)

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FILLY BROWN is an inspiring and gritty portrait of a young artist's striving to find her voice and seize her dreams without compromise. Majo Tonorio, a.k.a. "Filly Brown," is a raw, young Los Angeles hip-hop artist who spits rhymes from the heart. With an incarcerated mother, and a father struggling to provide for his daughters, a record contract could be the ticket out for her family. But when a record producer offers Majo a crack at stardom, she is suddenly faced with losing who she is as an artist and the friends who helped her reach the cusp of success. Directed by Youssef Delara and Michael Olmos, fused with a fierce hip-hop score, and propelled by an exceptional cast which features Lou Diamond Philips, Edward James Olmos, and the legendary Jenni Rivera in her final on-screen performance, FILLY BROWN heralds the arrival of Gina Rodriguez in the electrifying title role. (c) Official Site

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Gina Rodriguez
as Maria Jose 'Majo' Tonorio aka Filly Brown
Jenni Rivera
as Maria Tonorio

Critic Reviews for Filly Brown

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

A routine music business cautionary tale, the film shuffles its decks ever so slightly by casting a Latino actress as its lead, but doesn't do enough to shed the exasperating confines of the star-is-born genre.

Apr 26, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

More heartfelt, humanistic, and entertaining than such a clichéd showbiz cautionary tale has any right to be.

Apr 23, 2013 | Full Review…

Almost despite our will, the cast keeps us invested in Filly's furious resurrection.

Apr 18, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, the film is marred by a story, situations and stereotypical characters that strike all-too-familiar chords.

Apr 18, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
USA Today
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A trite piece of storytelling, with character development and plot points that feel not so much lived in as borrowed from other movies.

Jan 24, 2012
Variety
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Gina Rodriguez's magnetic star turn keeps this often overwrought film engaging, even when the script lets her down.

Jan 21, 2012 | Full Review…

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