Two Mexican brothers get smuggled over the border to try and find their "America Dream".


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Credited cast:
Cowboy Jack
El Coyote
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kris Bies ...
Not-so-homeless student
Ricardo (as Raphael Feldman)
Hotel Manager
Border Patrolman
Harimander Singh Khalsa ...
Rambunctious American / Laborer (as Michael Cashore)
Train Station Agent
Rafaela Martinez ...
Espinosa Mother
Trinidad 'Zeus' Nizelli ...
Low Rider


Two brothers leave their home in Mexico in search of the 'American Dream', only to realize it was in front of them all the time. Angel is tired of living in his small Mexican town and has no interest in following in his father's footsteps. Instead he resolves to run away, across to cross the border and find his American dream. His older brother, Carlos, has plans of his own and they don't involve leaving home. When Angel tells his older brother of his grand scheme Carlos knows he won't be able to stop him, so he decides to tag along in order to watch over his headstrong little brother. Double-crossed by a smuggler, they find themselves alone in the desert. What follows is a strange and hilarious adventure filled with crazy characters and eye-opening truths until they finally realize the dream they were chasing was back home where they started. Written by from Offical Website

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A warm and funny film
23 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently attended the Arizona International Film Festival and had a chance to catch this delightful film.

America 101 follows two brothers from Mexico and their quest to find the elusive 'American Dream'. With home life too boring for the younger brother Angel, he hatches a plan to head for America where he thinks he'll find mountains of money and he believes his accent will get him laid. The older, wiser brother hints that Angel has tried it before and failed miserably. Things change when Carlos overhears his parents talk about their business closing and decides to go with his younger brother in the hopes of helping the family. This is when the real laughs start. Their adventure brings them in contact with lots of really interesting characters and one uncomfortably warm water cooler. Though there are lots of laughs, the underlying seriousness of the dangers of border crossings is never lost. A real feat unto itself.

I almost immediately connected with the brothers, Angel and Carlos. I am sure we will see more from these two in the future. The rest of the cast made the most of their roles and many of them from the Big Chief to the twin restaurant managers, are very memorable.

If given a chance this film could do well theatrically, especially along the border country. I thoroughly recommend this film and look forward to more from this director.

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