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I Like it Like That (1994)

Lauren Vélez , Jon Seda , Darnell Martin  |  R |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lauren Vélez, Jon Seda, Tomas Melly, Desiree Casado, Isaiah Garcia
  • Directors: Darnell Martin
  • Writers: Darnell Martin
  • Producers: Ann Carli, Diana Phillips, Lane Janger, Stephen Lloyd, Tracy Vilar
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023GG94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,544 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Like it Like That" on IMDb

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Director Darnell Martin's acclaimed debut film stars Lauren Velez, Jon Seda, Rita Moreno and Griffin Dunne as members of a battling Bronx family filled with love, passion and real-life choices. Whenher well-meaning husband China is arrested, a young mother, Lisette, finds herself unprepared to support the family. Fast-talking her way into a job with a record producer Griffin Dunne, Lisette quickly discovers her own hidden talents. But the boys in the neighborhood report back to Chino that Lisette is "dating" her bigwig boss, leading to a major confrontation that changes their life together.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vibrant slice of urban Latino life May 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"I Like It Like That," written and directed by Darnell Martin, tells the story of Lisette (Lauren Velez), a young Latina living in the Bronx. When her husband, Chino (Jon Seda) gets into serious trouble, Lauren must support their family. Her attempts to find self-respect and economic stability bring her into conflict with Chino, with her scheming, materialistic mother-in-law (Rita Moreno), and with a white record company executive (Griffin Dunne). Along the way, she gets advice and moral support from Alexis (Jesse Borrego), her sibling, who is a male-to-female transsexual.
"I Like It" is a film that is full of life. Through his characters, director Martin offers thoughtful insights on ethnicity, gender identity, family ties, economic pressures, and other issues. The Santeria religion is an interesting backdrop to some of the plot. And the film as a whole is well complemented by a diverse musical score: I heard such elements as R&B, rap, and salsa.
The film is enhanced by excellent performances by the mostly Latino cast. It is especially fun to see Latina icon Rita Moreno playing the role of the arrogant mother-in-law (who boasts of her family's "pure Castillian blood") with gusto. Tomas Melly is impressive as Lisette's young son, who faces the temptations of the street. But perhaps the most memorable performance is delivered by Jesse Borrego as the transgendered Alexis; he is alternatingly bitchy, nurturing, witty, and heartbreaking, but always with a core of dignity. I give this film an enthusiastic recommendation.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic Urban Masterpiece February 28, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
"I Like It Like That," is a film will fascinate mostly anyone interested in Latin culture in the United States. Lissete Linares (Velez) is a homemaker, mother of three young kids, and wife to an unfaithful husband. After a sudden change of events (her husband is arrested for looting) Lisette finds herself out to fend for her and her kids in the gritty, tragic world we know as the South Bronx. Director Darnell Martin, who was a protege of Spike Lee, brings the cast alive utilizing realism and humor, and the spporting cast, especially Jesse Borrego as Lisette's transvestite brother are scene stealers due to their versatility in performing both comically and dramatically. Students of Sociology, Anthropology, and Hispanic Studies should watch this film to understand the true status of Puerto Ricans who in the United States and the effects the economic diaspora of the early 20th Century brought to their development. Viewwers should pay careful attention to the main character's views on welfare, religion, and family to understand that although many Puerto Ricans live in poverty they have what many Hispanics who are successful don't have : happiness. Feminists and Women's Studies students should also take time to view this film to view the essence of Latina sexuality and machismo in Latino culture, and also to see the emergence of an empowered, financially-independent woman from the shackles of male servitude. AN EXCELLENT FILM THAT SHOWS THE POWER OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, honest and refreshing. November 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I LOVE this movie. It's terribly funny, brutally honest and as fine a movie on Nuyoricans as you will find. Lauren Velez is extraordinary as Lissette. Her relationship with her son "C" will bring tears to your eyes. Jon Seda is slammin as the philandering husband who's a whore, but one with a heart who loves his wife and kids. This movie manages to do what most other "minority" movies do not; be funny while tackling serious issues, and honest without resorting to base stereotypes. I pray that Darnell Martin gets more play because of this wonderful debut.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it that much February 23, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had this movie on vhs years ago. My cousin borrowed it and never gave it back. I always wanted to make sure this movie was in my collection. I grew up in the Bronx and I know this is one of the few movies that tell a real story.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching and Fun! August 3, 2004
The plot is centered around a semi-dysfunctional family in the Bronx. The leading lady's character "Lisette" begins this film totally dependent on her husband for survival and happiness. Her husband "Chino" is a macho latin man, but he finds himself in a position where he can not be dependened upon. They have three children, they're in a run-down apartment in the Bronx, she has suspicions of him being unfaithful, they're out of money, and their marriage is suffering. With all of these things in the plot this could be a serious dramatic film. But this movie takes a lighter approach to viewing this family's troubles. You watch them as they struggle with poverty, infedelity, trust issues and raising children as they're still trying to mature themselves. However, the movie never preaches or judges it simply keeps an affectionate eye on this family and keeps you completely engaged with their story. Throughout this film you'll be rooting for Lisette to come into her own as an independent woman.

Although the movie is energetic and has a fun tone... it is still rooted in the real problems facing this family and there are scenes in this movie that will truly move you. Its these scenes that make the film worthwhile.

There are a couple of veteran actors in this film such as Rita Moreno, and Jesse Borrego that make this movie worth buying. Jesse Borrego's character "Alex or Alexis" is the gem of the film and almost steals the show. The acting is superb and the music is excellent. The twists, sub-plots, and classic New York stories all shown in an imaginitive and fresh way; are what make this movie a winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love that movie, it reminded me of the 8o's and I loved being a child of the 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my fav movies I love it!
Published 19 days ago by Racheezy
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE I LIKE IT LIKE THAT
I Like It Like That is a classic urban film about a couple's struggle to keep their love family and marriage alive through the trials and struggles of urban New York in the early... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure enjoyment.
Awesome one of a kind entertainment. This is all that I want to say about the movie. There is nothing else.
Published 3 months ago by KAREN THOMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE
Published 5 months ago by jackie davila
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it- 2 snaps
I've always loved this movie. I love the storyline and the maon character s. If you a dramatic romance this is exactly what you are looking for.
Published 5 months ago by Marie Zwiers
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love this movie. I viewed it many times. Now my children love it. Easy to say it will go into the collection of well watched movies.
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Published 5 months ago by Monique
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!!!
I have loved this movie since I was younger. So happy I found it on Amazon. Completely happy with my purchase!!!
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