Mamitas (2012)





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Beautifully shot in Echo Park and against Los Angeles' downtown skyline, this beguiling coming-of-age romance introduces two phenomenal young actors in EJ Bonilla and Veronica Diaz-Carranza. At school, Jordin (Bonilla) is a cocky but charming Latino firebrand; at home he is a doting grandson who can't seem to please his perpetually cranky father. On the day he's suspended for insulting a teacher, Jordin meets Felipa (Diaz-Carranza), a bookish, no-nonsense New York girl who sees past the swaggering facade. The two immediately embark on an unlikely friendship that inspires Jordin to find out who he really is. -- (C) Official Site
R (for some sexual references and teen partying)
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E.J. Bonilla
as Jordin Juarez
Veronica Diaz-Carranza
as Felipa Talia
Jesse Garcia (III)
as Hector Juarez
Jennifer Esposito
as Miss Ruiz
Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
as Ramon "Tata" Donicio
Joaquim de Almeida
as Professor Alexandra Viera
Michael Esparza
as Christian
Alexis Fernandez
as Alvaro Juarez
Jaylen Moore
as Franco
Josue Aguirre
as Santos
Carl Donelson
as Big Sexy
Julia Vera
as Miss Palencia
Monica Guzman
as Kika's Mother
Matt Medrano
as P.E. Teacher
Lidia Pires
as Nurse
Byron Quiros
as Manager
Rosemary Lopez
as Water Fountain Girl
Gina Lopez
as Esperanza's Friend
Claudia Mercado
as Consuela
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Unbalanced storytelling aside, Ozeki wisely works to keep the film focused on his actors, a smart move considering their live-wire charm.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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★★★1/2 (out of four) A coming-of-age story isn't compelling unless it is able to show the painful parts of growing up. "Mamitas" is succesful because the moments of pain and unsurity are handled so beautifully. It gives a nice authenticity to a story that might otherwise have been a story too often told. Jordin, played by E.J. Bonilla, is a hispanic teenager living in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. He doesn't take life seriously enough. He goofs off in class and insults his teachers. Finally one of them (Jennifer Esposito) has had enough and he is suspended from school. The next several days of suspension he tries to find answers to several open questions in his life. But the answers turn out to be hard lessons and eye-opening realities. The script and especially the performances are sensitive and believable. It shows the growth of its characters, most noteably Jordin. He is not the same person at the end of the film as he is at the beginning. This is a welcome little indie that I'm sure will stay with me for quite some time. [img][/img]

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