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Brown is the New Green


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  • Actors: George Lopez
  • Directors: Jennifer Craig Kobzik
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W0I12W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brown is the New Green" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Latinos, this nation's largest and fastest-growing minority group, are big business. This smart, fast-paced program examines how efforts to profit from this group are shaping the contemporary Latino identity. The documentary, whose focal point is George Lopez, an advocate for Latinos' move into the mainstream, offers behind-the-scenes access to Lopez, life as he shares his struggles to represent Latinos in a manner true to their realities.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on January 24, 2008
Format: DVD
George Lopez had a successful show on English-language TV and has a successful standup routine. His success is used as both the present and future potential of Latinos as viewers and as a market.

This documentary fleshes out facts about the Latino consumer. It emphasizes that not all Latinos solely watch Spanish-language TV. It emphasizes that many Latinos are bilingual and pursue entertainment in both Spanish and English. It also says that Latino youth are embracing the Internet just as much as young people of other races.

Still, I have two main concerns with this work. First, it derides businesses for advertising to a Latino market, as if the businesses' only motive was to profit off this group. When advertisers pay attention to a market, in our capitalist country, that's a good thing. Gay and lesbian publications had to beg advertisers to pay attention to them because advertisers ignored them fearing their products would be seen as "gay products." Advertisements help fund magazines and TV shows. Those entities who want to speak to Latinos embrace marketing, not avoid it.

Second, the work starts by saying so many ethnicities are just swept into this mega-term "Latino." True, but many are empowered by that. I heard Che Guevara encouraged countries to see themselves as Latino. Dr. Suzanne Oboler wrote that middle-class Latinos often embrace the term. In this very documentary, interviewees often say "Latino this and that" and don't spell out their ethnicities. As most Latinos in the US are of Mexican ancestry, like George Lopez, that group has the focus in this work and non-Chicanos may feel a bit left out.

The work sometimes flashes facts and translations on the screen, very similar to the satire "A Day without a Mexican.
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George Lopez is highly educated and shares his insight and personal experiences during an interview about his childhood and growing up in America. He talks about the struggle that Hispanics face and how minorities in America can better themselves. He highlights his own career and his struggles to the top while mentioning family and friends before and after the fame. He also goes on to describe life in the last two generations of Mexican Americans. This is truly a very insightful documentary. Not a stand-up comedy special as many may think this dvd to be but very original and refreshing as I have never seen this side of George. I have only seen him perform onstage but never interviewed in a serious manner. Also, I have never heard an interpretation of Mexican Americans as intimate and invigorating as this one. What an impact a new perspective can have. His unique perceptions really open up new horizons for the individual curious about Chicano culture. I reiterate,... very refreshing. 5 STARS!! Highly Recommended!!
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By St_Clinton on April 19, 2012
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I really enjoyed this film, as it take a good look at the way that Latinos/Hispanics are portrayed in the United States. George Lopez appears throughout the film, and has a lot to say on the issues. By the end of it you may begin to look at the entertainment industry and notice the racism and stereotyping that it does, along with the how you look upon others and assumptions that you make about different groups of people. This is an excellent film for a family or group with kids over 13 to sit and watch together and have a discussion afterwards. I would of like to of seen it go deeper into stuff, but this is a great place to start the conversation.
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I bought this for my sister. She just loves George Lopez. She has other DVDs of him and keeps them all as a collection. Thanks, Patricia
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By Idalia Aguillon on May 2, 2008
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I am very happy with this purchase, the condition was excellent and it arrived promptly. I would buy from this vendor again.
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