MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,661 this week

My Family (1995)

 -  Drama  -  3 May 1995 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 2,734 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 19 critic

Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 24 Oct 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 27 Oct 2011
 
11+
a list of 26 titles
created 04 Feb 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 18 Jun 2013
 
a list of 21 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "My Family" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: My Family (1995)

My Family (1995) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of My Family.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A man who has failed as a father and husband commits a heist to make money for his fledging business, but things become complicated when his wife interferes.

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Stephen Dorff
El cantante (2006)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975 and brought it to the United States.

Director: Leon Ichaso
Stars: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz
Selena (1997)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The true story of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, a Texas-born Tejano singer who rose from cult status to performing at the Astrodome, as well as having chart topping albums on the Latin music charts.

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda
Money Train (1995)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A vengeful New York transit cop decides to steal a trainload of subway fares; his foster brother, a fellow cop, tries to protect him.

Director: Joseph Ruben
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Lopez
Mi vida loca (1993)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named ... See full summary »

Director: Allison Anders
Stars: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez, Jacob Vargas
Bordertown (2006)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A journalist investigates a series of murders near American-owned factories on the border of Juarez and El Paso.

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Antonio Banderas, Maya Zapata
Angel Eyes (2001)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A mysterious man is drawn to a feisty female police officer and a unusual relationship ensues, as not everything is as it seems.

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Jennifer Lopez, Jim Caviezel, Jeremy Sisto
American Me (1992)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A Mexican-American Mafia kingpin is released from prison, falls in love for the first time, and grows introspective about his gangster lifestyle.

Director: Edward James Olmos
Stars: Edward James Olmos, William Forsythe, Sal Lopez
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Johnny Sun and his little brother are mexican-american gangsters.

Director: Damian Chapa
Stars: John Loretto, Damian Chapa, Bougart Linares
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A couple of student nurses decide to join some doctors to work in a medical station in the rain-forest a few hours flying-time from the Mexican town Catamaco. As they fly from Catamaco ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Shaw
Stars: Lindsay Wagner, Robert Loggia, David Clennon
Hotel Malibu (TV Series 1994)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Stars: Joanna Cassidy, Cheryl Pollak, John Dye
Mi familia (2007)
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

In a family, in a town, in a house; born with 12 brothers, 6 to the right, 6 to the left.. This is the history of a family depicted with a series of illustrations that seem infinite.

Director: Grace Montoya
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Paco
Rafael Cortes ...
Roberto (as Rafael Cortes)
Ivette Reina ...
Trini
Amelia Zapata ...
Roberto's Girlfriend
...
Young Jose
Emilio Del Haro ...
Oxcart Driver
Abel Woolrich ...
Oxcart Driver
...
El Californio (as Leon Singer)
...
Maria's Employer
...
Alicia del Lago ...
Maria's Aunt
...
The Boatman (as Thomas Rosales)
Anthony Gonzalez ...
Baby Paco
Michael Gonzalez ...
Little Paco
...
Chucho
Edit

Storyline

Traces over three generations an immigrant family's trials, tribulations, tragedies, and triumphs. Maria and Jose, the first generation, come to Los Angeles, meet, marry, face deportation all in the 1930's. They establish their family in East L.A., and their children Chucho, Paco, Memo, Irene, Toni, and Jimmy deal with youth culture and the L.A. police in the 50's. As the second generation become adults in the 60's, the focus shifts to Jimmy, his marriage to Isabel (a Salvadorian refugee), their son, and Jimmy's journey to becoming a responsible parent. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Three generations of dreams.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, some graphic violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cafe con leche  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$11,079,373 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The final scene is duplicated shot-for-shot from the final scene of The World of Apu (1959). See more »

Goofs

When Isabella is at the Sanchez home, we see a medium shot of Paco with a bowl of popcorn, and Memo. In front of them is a tray of taquitos. But a minute or two later, Irene brings out the same tray and sets it down on the coffee table in front of them. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Sanchez: That was a political action. I'm a goddam revolutionary!
See more »

Connections

Features I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Que rico el mambo
Written by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Perez Prado)
Performed by Dámaso Pérez Prado (as Perez Prado)
Published by Peer International Corp.
Courtesy of B.M.G. Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
'My Family'
26 April 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

'My Family' is a compelling tale spanning three generations about a family of Mexican origin living in Los Angeles. It starts with the father of the family, Jose Sanchez (terrifically played by Jacob Vargas), making a one year journey on foot from Mexico to Los Angeles. Once there, he meets and marries the love of his life, Maria (Jennifer Lopez, in an interesting performance). After, Maria survives a tragic separation, she and Jose settle in Los Angeles and raise a family of six.

There is a tremendous amount of expectation here, namely because Francis Ford Coppola, who crafted arguably the most exhilarating family saga in the Godfather pictures, is an executive producer. But, My Family is nowhere near in the same league as films like 'The Godfather'. Rather, 'My Family' turns out to be a great film that could have been better. One glaring flaw is in the script written by Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas is that too often, the script relies on tragedies to stir our emotions. Consequently, the emotion presented in the film feel fake at times. Particularly, in the scenes involving Jimmy attempting to bond with his only son, Carlitos.

Despite the missteps in the film, there are many positives to draw upon. The strong performances of the cast. Jimmy Smits, in particular, dominates the film with an intense and yet affecting performance. The film hardly ever succumbs to being a standard tear-jerker or phony. Instead, the film succeeds at creating a touching and provocative portrait of a family's struggles and tribulations in a world that hardly seems just.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
buying the DVD? itatabitovski
Clouds at the end of the movie? gorobca
Does anyone else think Johnny0581
i just realized... blue_ice32
Song help moviefreaklee
how old is carlito? ychennay
Discuss My Family (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?