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Filly Brown [Blu-ray] (2012)

Gina Rodriguez , Edward James Olmos , Youssef Delara  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gina Rodriguez, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond Philips, Jenni Rivera
  • Directors: Youssef Delara
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Indomina
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CB5ES1O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,561 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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FILLY BROWN is the inspiring portrait of a young woman striving to find her voice without compromising herself or the fate of her family. Majo Tonorio, aka, 'Filly Brown', played by Gina Rodriguez, is a young aspiring hip-hop artist from Los Angeles. With her mother, Jenni Rivera, in prison and her father, Lou Diamond Philips, struggling to provide for his daughters, Filly knows that a record contract just may be the answer to her family's financial problems. So when a record producer offers her a shot at stardom, she has to choose between selling out her dreams or saving her family. Directed by Youssef Delara and Michael Olmos, FILLY BROWN is propelled by an exceptional cast. Fueled by a fierce hip-hop score, FILLY BROWN heralds the arrival of Gina Rodriguez in the electrifying title role.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Successful Film on Many Levels April 14, 2013
By Compay
As a movie fan in general, I enjoyed Filly Brown. But as a longtime urban music journalist, I also appreciated just how true to life this movie was. What makes Filly Brown stand out from movies like Hustle and Flow or 8 Mile is both how it deals with women in urban music, and having a female lead that offers a powerful performance.

Filly Brown tells the story of Majo Tonorio, a Latina rapper who dreams of performing for huge audiences. The Los Angeles MC builds her buzz rapping on the radio as Filly Brown, but her desire to get signed gets put into full gear because of her family. Filly's mother (played by Jenni Rivera) is serving a ten year prison sentence, her only hope for early release depends on whether Filly can come up with fast cash. What follows is a story of desire, manipulation, and redemption.

Despite having a low budget, Filly Brown was shot well. But what really stands out about the movie is the cast, a mix of film veterans and new faces. Gina Rodriguez puts on a terrific performance as Filly Brown, with a voice and intensity that made her a great choice for the role.

Edward James Olmos adds some seasoning to the film, and is reunited with Stand and Deliver alumnus Lou Diamond Phillips, who plays the hardworking father of Filly and her younger sister. Film and TV star Emilio Rivera plays Mani, Filly's protective uncle and boss. California rappers Cuete Yeska and Baby Bash add new faces to the cast, with H-Town artist Chingo Bling adding some needed humor to the film as Filly's manager.

Despite this being her first feature film, Jenni Rivera (RIP) offers a moving portrayal of Maria, Filly's drug addicted mother doing hard time. Rivera ditched her trademark stage glamor for a prison uniform to deliver a haunting and memorable performance.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Latino hip-hop family drama June 20, 2013
Imagine my surprise when out of nowhere and without any pre-release fanfare this movie showed up this past weekend at my local art-house theatre here in Cincinnati. I figure that this would not be playing long, so I decided to see it (as it turns out, on the very last day of its screening here, as it is already gone after one week).

As "Filly Brown" (2013 release; 101 min.) opens, we see Majo (played by Gina Rodriguez) performing at an in-studio radio session as Filly Brown, a hip-hop singer who is trying to find success. In the very next scene we see Majo visiting someone in jail, and we learn very quickly that it is her mom Maria (played by Jenni Rivera), who is serving time on a drug charge. Maria is quite the manipulative person, and she is trying to get Majo to somehow get several thousand dollars so that Maria might perhaps get a retrial. We get to know the lawyer who will head up the effort to get a retrial, Leandro (played by Edward James Olmos, who looks to be about 85 or 90). We also get to know Majo's dad/Maria's husband Jos (played by Lou Diamond Phillips). Majo/Filly Brown is turning some heads with her music, and pretty soon she is getting courted by a major player in the hip-hop world who is trying add to her street cred and sultry image. To tell you more of the plot would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, this movie plays more like a tough family drama than it does as a Latino/hip-hop version of "A Star Is Born". That does not mean that music isn't a major factor in this movie. In fact, the music plays a key role in particular tjhe first half of the movie. I am not big into hip-hop as such, yet I found myself enjoying the music a lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grade A Performances! July 18, 2013
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What a great film! The acting was superb from start to finish. Much like 8 mile this movie has a very real element to it, I would highly recommend it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Filly Brown February 26, 2014
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This was a fairly entertaining movie. However, I would not recommend it to anyone I know, nor would I watch it again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok January 4, 2014
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Jenny Rivera was great. Poor acting skills on the rest of the actors. The story was ok but could be better presented
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5.0 out of 5 stars loveed the movie November 26, 2013
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I personally loved the movie. Being a Jenni Rivera FAN I loved the movie. made me cry and think that this was the only movie that we have of her as a Icon, as a singer and also having her as a ACTRESS.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie June 2, 2014
By Lashes
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Not the best movie I've ever seen. It's actually a little boring. I really wanted to like it because of Jenni rivera but I absolutely didn't. The movie package itself was deliver on time and packaged well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected May 7, 2014
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This is a well done, clear-eyed look at a young woman who wants to make it in the music business and the challenges she faces (from all sides).

Gina Rodriguez is going places, she put a lot of heart and substance into this character.
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