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I Like It Like That (1994)

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Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisette Linares
Chino Linares
Tomas Melly ...
Li'l Chino Linares
Minnie Linares
Isaiah Garcia ...
Pee Wee Linares (as Isiah Garcia)
Magdalena Soto
Stephen Price
Rosaria Linares
Tito (as E.O. Nolasco)
Sammy Melendez ...
Jose Soto ...
Mrs. Gonzalez
Emilio Del Pozo ...
Mr. Soto


Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino. Things get even worse when Chino goes to jail and Lisette gets a good job uptown. Can this marriage be saved? Written by Reid Gagle

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Plot Keywords:

jail | puerto rican | marriage | theft | love | See more »


For Lisette, everyday has become independence day.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for lots of language and strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Out  »

Box Office


$1,777,020 (USA)

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Director Darnell Martin had a major falling out with her film studio Columbia as she objected to the title change, the fact that they marketed her film as a romantic comedy in the vein of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and that they referred to her in their publicity as an Afro-American female director. Although Martin technically fits that description, she took exception to the fact that the studio was using her ethnicity as a tool to sell tickets. See more »


[last lines]
Lisette Linares: You know what your problem is? You never think about the other person.
Chino Linares: Good night, other person.
Lisette Linares: It's morning, Chino.
Chino Linares: Good morning.
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Referenced in New York at the Movies (2002) See more »


Everybody Dancing Now
Written by Manuel Jimenez
Performed by Lisa M.
Courtesy of Sony Discos Inc.
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One of the rare best!
3 October 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

A very true-to-life look at the urban Latino life in the North East. Anyone raised in those areas of NYC, NJ, MA, or CT, will tell you so.

It's so rich in story & the characters are so easy to relate to, I just wish it was longer. Everyone's performance was great, & very realistic. Lauren Velez, Jon Seda, Jesse Borrego, Lisa Vidal, Vincent Laresca, & legendary diva Rita Moreno, brought this lil' number to life. Griffn Dune was great as well. Along with cameos of music artists Barrio Boyzz, Jerry Rivera, Fat Joe, & Broadway "Rent" star Daphne Rubin-Vega (formerly of late 80's Freestyle Dance/Pop girl-trio, Pajama Party). This film is one of my fav's & I have seen & experienced very similar situations growing up in those areas, so it was kool, & can relate. I definitely recommend this film to everyone, especially the urban Latino audience. If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for!

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