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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?


With this, her debut feature, Director Darnell Martin was reputedly the first black American woman to write and direct a film for a major Hollywood studio. 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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Try a Little Tenderness
Written by Harry M. Woods (as Harry Woods), Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly (as Reg Connelly)
Produced by Dallas Austin and Arnold Hennings
Performed by Barrio Boyzz
Courtesy of SBK Records/ERG
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A VERY good movie
19 July 1999 | by Raoul-16See all my reviews

I'm frankly surprised at the generally low opinion of this film. I saw it and liked it a lot. I thought it did an excellent job of hitting a very realistic tone--no Hollywood glitz or schmaltz here. Instead, we have well-scripted characters with real-life problems, and all of the pathos and humour that comes with them. This movie is alternately touching and hilarious in very effective and "true" ways, and I admire the guts it took to not give this movie a fairy-tale ending. We have no miraculous resolution, but instead a hard-fought and bittersweet partial reconciliation. The acting and writing here carry a good film to a satisfying conclusion. I'm tempted to vote higher than I really feel to boost this movie's overall rating, which I feel is undeserved.

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