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During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.
Maya is a quick-witted young woman who comes over the Mexican border without papers and makes her way to the LA home of her older sister Rosa. Rosa gets Maya a job as a janitor: a non-union janitorial service has the contract, the foul-mouthed supervisor can fire workers on a whim, and the service-workers' union has assigned organizer Sam Shapiro to bring its "justice for janitors" campaign to the building. Sam finds Maya a willing listener, she's also attracted to him. Rosa resists, she has an ailing husband to consider. The workers try for public support; management intimidates workers to divide and conquer. Rosa and Maya as well as workers and management may be set to collide. Written by
Illegals are brought in over the border. They are quickly put to work. Maya has to escape from lecherous coyotes. Her sister Rosa gets her a non-union janitor job under dictatorial supervisor Perez (George Lopez). Union man Sam Shapiro (Adrien Brody) is pushing to organize and Rosa is hostile. Sam does a presentation for the workers and later Perez finds out.
Adrien Brody needs to be more likable in this movie but he is too cold to the workers' concerns. He is also kinda bad at his job. He has nothing to lose but he asks these workers to risk everything. In a way, he's more annoying than the George Lopez character. The workers are the compelling characters. Digging deeper on some of those characters could be more effective.
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