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Luminarias (2000)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 5 May 2000 (USA)
Four professional women meet at an East Los Angeles restaurant called Luminarias to share secrets about their careers, love, family, and sex.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evelina Fernández ...
Ángela Moya ...
Angelina Estrada ...
Tia Concha
Tia Tonia
Frank Chavez
Judge Sanchez
Geoffrey Rivas ...
Carlos / Carmela


Welcome to Luminarias-where hot spicy dish gets served up with a Latin twist by four successful friends from East LA...with very discriminating taste in men! When separated divorce attorney Andrea finds herself guilty of falling for her white and Jewish opposing council, her three single friends choose sides in the ongoing and often hilarious debate over race and sex. As they discover just how much negative stereotypes color their relationships with men-and even with each other-it becomes clear that the search for Mr. Right is not exactly black and white! Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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It's all about love.


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sex, mystika kai psemata  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$122,158 (USA) (5 May 2000)


$428,535 (USA) (19 January 2001)

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Written by Joey Lattanzi and Vincent Montana Jr.
Performed by India and Tito Puente
Courtesy of TropiJazz Records, A Division of RMM Records Corp.
Available on the album: Jazzin'
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A whole lotta heart!
25 May 2007 | by (Pennsylvania, USA) – See all my reviews

It's evident that this film is a labor of love! I think any one from any culture can relate to it. We're all dealing with cultural fusion and as we encounter diverse cultures and fall in love, we all have to stretch ourselves and gain appreciation and understanding of each other.

I found it sweet, charming, funny, engaging, and it's beautifully filmed and performed by a dynamite cast.

Does Scott Bakula EVER age?! He looks great, as always. It's nice to have him and Robert Beltran in one movie--two of my favorites. What a treat!

Other great movies in this vein: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Catfish in Black Bean Sauce".

The DVD commentary about the "making of" is also engaging. This film is a "Mom and Pop" venture, with the lead's real-life son as her movie son. That relationship adds a wonderful dimension to their scenes together.

The Latino community pulled together to get it made, so it's really from a grassroots effort straight from the heart of a community that needs it voice. Bravo!!!

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