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Amexicano (2007)

Manny Perez , Jennifer Peña , Matthew Bonifacio  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Manny Perez, Jennifer Peña, Carmine Famiglietti, Raúl Castillo
  • Directors: Matthew Bonifacio
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Maya Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001ICDR1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,003 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bruno, an unemployed Italian American, is offered a job doing repairs for his landlord, who also suggests that he hires a Hispanic day laborer: Ignacio. Bruno ends up loving and admiring both Ignacio and his wife, but the specter of deportation continues to loom large.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amexicano May 22, 2010
By MALUGO
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excellent movie about what truly happens to day labors and other immigrants who come here to work and not be a burden to our country, I know personally about immigrants as I work in this field and to see a movie so realistic..finally..was awesome as were the actors, Jennifer Peña btw is an awesome singer, check her music out...thanks!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From Queens to the Mexican Border January 15, 2009
AMEXICANO is not a formulaic film about day laborers & illegal immigration. Rather it is a story about an unlikely friendship that emerges not only during a number of day-labor projects in Queens but also through a series of events that occur off the job.

Not knowing what to expect from this virtually unpublicized Independent production, I enjoyed watching the gradual development of the story from its quirky beginning about the ill fortunes of a seemingly lazy "gordito" into one of abiding friendship. Bruno, the Italian-American "gringo boss" from Queens (played by Carmine Famiglietti), plays a hunch that Ignacio, a rather reserved-looking illegal Mexican day laborer (played by Raul Castillo), might be just the kind of worker that he needs to help him turn his luck around and pay off his mounting debts.

At first we see 2 men from very different backgrounds who can barely communicate with each other. Gradually they develop a work ethic that enables them to know each other better and leads them to better paying projects.

Suddenly, through an unfortunate incident, Bruno and Ignacio find themselves in a similar predicament -- having to hustle again to get regular work and re-establish themselves as a capable pair of workers. When Ignacio stands up for Bruno with the other Latino day laborers (mostly Mexican), their relationship evolves into a story with heart and some funny and touching moments.

The acting in AMEXICANO is quite good. All of the main characters (Famiglietti, Castillo, Jennifer Pena, and Manny Perez) play their roles convincingly. Each adds fresh dimensions to the story to give it a special charm that most Independent films hope to achieve.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Type of Movie.. November 25, 2011
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This movie could not have been better. Jennifer Peña looks really sexy, no doubt about it, plus her acting is great. You will definetly enjoy watching it, one thing is for sure, you will experience what many families experience because of immigration. The pain of losing a family member, the struggle to survive, the risks a person takes for trying to find a better job and live a better life. The Italian-American (who i think didnt like immigrants in the begining) learns that the neighbors you didnt want close to you could actually become your bestest friend and help you out when your in need.

I really recommend this movie to people who love movies that send a great message and help you to become a better person, learn to love everybody no matter the race, color, or place of birth. We are all God's children.

Enjoy the movie.

Michael Moreno Alfaro.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing You'd Expect from Hollywood December 20, 2010
"Amexicano" is the sort of 'indy' film that often heralds a brilliant directing future ... until success spoils everything that was fresh and true in independence. The script is totally non-formulaic, and the acting is good enough to make it work. The portrayal of livelihoods on the wrong side of immigration papers is totally unglamorized and honest. The climactic border crossing, on foot across the desert, represents a horror that truly does occur day after day; it's compressed in time a little too tightly to be realistic. But it doesn't need to be realistic to be "real." It just needs to be felt.

The core of the film is the unexpected development of trust and friendship between a pathetic sloppy jobless third-generation Italian-American from Queens, whose contractor buddy nudges him into day work, and an appealing young Mexican guy, illegal but hard-working, ready to love America if it will love him. There's also a young Mexican woman, who turns out not to be what she seems, but it's the tale of friendship that will touch your heart and conscience, if you have one.

It's not a big film, or a major film in any way, but it's extremely touching.
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