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I Like It Like That (1994)

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Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino... See full summary »


Darnell Martin


Darnell Martin
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Luna Lauren Velez ... Lisette Linares (as Lauren Vélez)
Jon Seda ... Chino Linares
Tomas Melly Tomas Melly ... Li'l Chino Linares
Desiree Casado ... Minnie Linares
Isaiah Garcia Isaiah Garcia ... Pee Wee Linares (as Isiah Garcia)
Jesse Borrego ... Alexis
Lisa Vidal ... Magdalena Soto
Griffin Dunne ... Stephen Price
Rita Moreno ... Rosaria Linares
Vincent Laresca ... Angel
Elvis Nolasco ... Tito (as E.O. Nolasco)
Sammy Melendez Sammy Melendez ... Victor
Jose Soto Jose Soto ... Chris
Gloria Irizarry ... Mrs. Gonzalez
Emilio Del Pozo Emilio Del Pozo ... Mr. Soto


Lisette and husband Chino face marital difficulties. She is fed up with the kids, while he has job troubles. His mother Rosaria hates Lisette and the neighborhood tramp has designs on Chino. Things get even worse when Chino goes to jail and Lisette gets a good job uptown. Can this marriage be saved? Written by Reid Gagle

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For Lisette, everyday has become independence day.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for lots of language and strong sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Out See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?


Originally titled "Black Out", but director Darnell Martin was forced to change it by Columbia. See more »


[last lines]
Lisette Linares: You know what your problem is? You never think about the other person.
Chino Linares: Good night, other person.
Lisette Linares: It's morning, Chino.
Chino Linares: Good morning.
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Manuel Santillan, el Leon (Reggae)
Written by Flavio Cianciarulo
Performed by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Courtesy of Sony Discos Inc.
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment Argentina
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Sad, Funny, and Real
22 January 2001 | by LJAllenSee all my reviews

"I Like it Like That" is one of those rare gems of cinema that portrays life for peoples of color with all of the absolute humanness so often lacking from more mainstream films. While I thoroughly enjoyed every actor's performance in this film, no one's performance was as effective and affecting as Jesse Borrego's portrayal of "Alexis", Lisette's (Lauren Velez) transvestite brother. This character offered a rare and realistic portrayal of an individual that is typically viewed only from a safe distance. While I definitely prefer Jesse Borrego as a man, his performance as "Alexis" showed a depth that few actors ever accomplish. In addition to his sterling performance as "Tudee" in "Follow Me Home", his portrayal in this film convinced me of his tremendous range. He is, without question, one of the most underrated actors of our time. I enthusiastically recommend this film to any and everyone.

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