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My Family (1995)

 -  Drama  -  3 May 1995 (USA)
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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 »

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

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Three generations of dreams.

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

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3 May 1995 (USA)  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$11,079,373 (USA)
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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

Jose Sanchez, 1950-1980: Maria, we've had a good life. We've been very lucky.
Maria Sanchez, 1950-1980: It would have been even better if...
Jose Sanchez, 1950-1980: No Maria, don't say it. Don't even say it. It is wrong to wish for too much in this life. God has been good to us. We've been very lucky. And our life have been very, very good.
Maria Sanchez, 1950-1980: You're right. We've had a very, good life
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Celoso
Written by Jenny Lou Carson
Performed and Produced by Mana
Published by Opryland Music
Courtesy of Warner Music
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'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.


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