The Rodriguez family is living in New York City’s El Barrio in the early 1970s, when music was a proud expression of Latino culture amidst neighborhood volatility and social activism. The story centers on patriarch Don Roberto, who tries to instill good values in his children, and faces down the grit and chaos of the era. He works hard to hold his family together, and all the while music and imagination keep their souls afloat. Featuring classic songs by Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Rubén Blades, Johnny Pacheco, Pete El Conde, La Lupe, and others. Mostly in Spanish with English supertitles.
See it if you speak Spanish, especially if you lived in NY in the 70's and have great affinity for Spanish songs. They are excellent. Subtitles-AWFUL!
Don't see it if you don't speak Spanish. The subtitles are way too small and often just not there. When there, they are far too formal, often make no sense.
See it if If you understand spanish and know the background of the music and culture.
Don't see it if If you DON'T understand spanish and know the background of the music and culture.
See it if You love Salsa music. Tito Nieves and the rest of the cast voices are phenomenal.
Don't see it if If you don't like Salsa music. Feels dated and cliched, story does not flow well.
See it if You love salsa music and aren't bothered by canned, overdone acting and boring dialogue.Disclaimer: Left at intemission so missed 2nd half
Don't see it if You get bored when there isn't a compelling story/developed characters and dislike extreme, caricatured acting in an intimate venue.
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