Filly Brown [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
realistic situations that are relatable on different levels by men and women alike. That being said,
the creators of "Filly Brown" should be lauded for the courage to cast a Latina in the lead role of a movie
which explores universal themes. The characters are not archetypal. You may think you have them pegged
until they turn around and surprise you (I won't give away the ending.)
It was so well-directed that even side stories contained elements that resonate with larger audiences.
For example, former gangbangers are not the only people who struggle with concealing their tattoos at work.
Folks in all the colors of the rainbow reckon with that decision whether they work construction, join the military,
enter the education or health care sectors and many points in between.
"Filly Brown" has as much heart as the real-life actors who portrayed the characters. In the movie, the up and
coming rapper risks her artistic integrity and street cred to boost her appeal. In real life, singer Jenni Rivera risked
shedding her glamorous image to play the role of an inmate. "Filly Brown" was an uplifting movie about family, courage
and hope. Well-worth watching.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good movie. I liked the simplicity of it and how it could be any person's life. Very relatable. I also really like Gina's rapping. She's got a talent.Published 4 months ago by Riley21
I like the plot and the introduction of conflict - what happened to Majo's mother and whether Majo should trust her. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Melinda Lim
I have to admit this movie was pretty bad on many leves, I guess they made a huge thing cause it starred jenni rivera which I'm a huge fan of and thats the only reason i bought it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carlos Mena Jr.
Great movie! Great display of Gina Rodriguez' considerable talent!Published 13 months ago by Marie Cornish