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Chicago Boricua

Eric Aviles , Frankie Davila , Marisol Torres  |  R |  VHS Tape
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Eric Aviles, Frankie Davila, Christina De Leon, Aimee Garcia
  • Directors: Marisol Torres
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Anamorphic, Widescreen, VHS
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Screen Media Films
  • Run Time: 107.0 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

It's Magnolia meets I Like it Like That, as writer-director Marisol Torres travels to Humboldt Park - Chicago's Puerto Rican quarter - for Chicago Boricua. Torres interweaves a myriad of ethnic inner-city tales - from the dope pusher infatuated with a college co-ed, to the prima donna with her sights set a little too high. By turns gripping, funny, and wildly sensual, Chicago Boricua offers a rare dramatization of everyday conflicts and struggles within the Puerto Rican community.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think! January 17, 2006
It is about time someone writes about the realities that Puerto Ricans are faced with in the inner city. Although this movie was not intended to be the "be all and end all" of any Puerto Rican community, it touches on real issues and obstacles that many of us face on a daily bases.

The movie touches on issues of Identity, Sexuality, Substance Abuse and Gentrification. I give Marisol Torres and the cast 2 thumbs up for addressing issues that most people would not dare go near beacuse they are not "Politicaly Correct."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of time June 3, 2006
By FolkFan
The white people were not portrayed well in this movie either. As a gringo who has always liked hispanics, I found it disturbing to see Puerto Rican characters always regarding white people as rude, calculating, ruthless, and prejudiced. German/Herman's conversion into that kind of person is not so much about the difference between hispanics and whites but rather the difference between, say, a small, family-owned business and impersonal corporate culture.

If you want to see some really good movies about Hispanic Americans, try Raising Victor Vargas, Wassup Rockers, Manito, and La Ciudad. (I've heard that Washington Heights is also good, but I haven't seen that one yet.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars a bad film that perpetuates stereotypes March 23, 2012
By Lcm
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I really hate to give any more publicity to an incredibly offensive movie, but on netflix I saw Chicago Boricua because I thought it would be interesting to see something about Puerto Ricans for a change. After enduring 15 minutes, I had to turn it off because I thought it did nothing more than just perpetuated stereotypes. I grew up in Chicago and have Puerto Ricans friends, so I know they are better than that. For people who will believe what they see in film, I hope they never see this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This movie was very entertaining. It wasn't meant to be a social statement. Most movies or shows aren't meant to be. I don't believe all Puerto Ricans, or Caucasians, are like those depicted in this movie, as I don't believe all Italians are like those portrayed in The Sopranos or The Godfather.

Having said that, there were some positive images. Maribel's father so loved her, that at her request (wrong that it was), he sold his beloved home and store to please her. And certain images of family solidarity, though convoluted, were demonstrated.

Anyway, I liked the drama, and some of the humor.

Oh, and German got what he deserved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a good movie for a inde. January 17, 2008
I love inde movies almost more then the ones in the boxoffice..
not every movie is going to show a point of view of happy people and stars and smiling faces.. this was a movie about drama, people and weed smoke...I think they wanted to make a inde "hood" movie and thats what they did.. If someone makes a movie about a gun it doesn't mean its a bad movie I just means that movie is about a gun and thats it.. I liked the movie take it for what it is...Dont be mad at the actors or the people in the movie..Its just a movie Not every person is the same type of person So thats why people make movies that Not the same type of movie!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another take of this flick July 30, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Not Boricua, but Cubana born in Miami. Grew up in Hialiah nearly my whole life. Hopeful that all the Boricuas out there who hate this movie allow me to include my point of view. First of all, easy on our girl Marisol. At least someone, a few people out there are making movies about Latino/a people and at least TRYING to tell our stories while employing Latino/a actors. Do any of you remember the 'Brown-Out' back in 1999 when Latinos held a high profile boycott of network TV due to no Latino actors? Google that please. In this movie I would say one of the major problems is that the characters are too one-dimensional. They JUST deal drugs and hang out or just suck

d-ck or just take advantage or get taken advantage of. The plot could have been developed better. There could have been more explanation of and exposure to what is beautiful about Boricua culture, the musicos, the artists, the island. Yet the topics it covered are certainly worth thinking about. 1. How the pressure to assimilate in either a negative way(Herman come-mierda) or positive way (Lola) can and will cut us off from our community in disasterous ways and/or in more subtle ways that give way to awkwardness when we interact with our gente. 2. How our Latino culture, in this case Boricua, is beautiful and there have ALWAYS been people from the dominant culture, i.e. white, TRYIN TO BE US, but as much as they might love us or think they do, can we trust the wanna bes among us? (TATA). 3. How in business we MUST stick together if we're going to make it instead of cutting our brothers/sister's throat. Why didn't Herman comemierda start his own business and work with his gente instead of against them? 4. Drugs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster release by Screen Media August 11, 2014
Unfortunately the DVD release of Boricua by Screen Media is 1.85:1 within a 4:3 frame with the result that in order to watch it in the correct ratio you need black bars on all sides of the screen. Not uncommon in the time of 4:3 analogue TVs but annoying for owners of modern TVs.
The transfer is OK but not great quality. Also beware that the disc may not have any subtitles. The DVD sleeve says spanish subtitles but in fine print below is "subject to change". That's a new one to me, So it's basically lucky dip whether the DVD you purchase has subtitles or not. In my case, it did not.

Overall a lackluster release but since there are no other releases it's this or nothing (legal that is)..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Boricuas
every Puerto Rican should watch this movie. it was action packed but a great movie and soundtrack. willie,hector and many more latin recording artist in the soundtrack.
Published 21 months ago by Enrique V. Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars It Is an OK film
I agree there should be more Positive films about Puerto Rican life.This film was in a mix bag, I enjoyed some of the film and scenes also music. Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by Frankie Vilarreal
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a good action movie, but not every Latino lives this way in...
There is alot of crime in Chicago, but not all of it relates to Puerto Ricans. You have whites, blacks ect..; that are into the criminal life. Read more
Published on March 2, 2008 by E. Rodriguez
1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassing
I am Puerto Rican. This a complete embarrassment to all Puerto Ricans. I had to forward through most of the movie to avoid the completely ridiculous scenes.
Published on October 28, 2007 by Unknown
1.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better, if a real Puerto Rican wrote it.
I am a Puerto Rican also, who grew up, knowing about all the different branches of our heritage... Yes, there are Puerto Rican, who hate other races... like everyone else... Read more
Published on September 22, 2007 by R. VILLODAS
1.0 out of 5 stars my iq dropped
im puerto rican and i too was so disapointed at this movie.i feel this movie represents ignorant people not puerto rican people. Read more
Published on July 7, 2007 by ive
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