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Luminarias (2000)

Four professional women meet at an East Los Angeles restaurant called Luminarias to share secrets about their careers, love, family, and sex.


Evelina Fernández (play), Evelina Fernández (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evelina Fernández ... Andrea
Scott Bakula ... Joseph
Cheech Marin ... Jesus
Robert Beltran ... Joe
Marta DuBois ... Sofia
Ángela Moya Ángela Moya ... Lilly
Dyana Ortelli ... Irene
Seidy Lopez ... Cindy
Sal Lopez ... Pablo
Fidel Gomez ... Joey
Angelina Estrada Angelina Estrada ... Tia Concha
Lupe Ontiveros ... Tia Tonia
Mike Gomez ... Frank Chavez
Liz Torres ... 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

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »






Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex, mystika kai psemata See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$122,158, 7 May 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$428,535, 21 January 2001
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Excellent teaching tool
3 October 2007 | by olivas-margSee all my reviews

I found Luminarias to be an amazing movie for teaching about interracial relationships, stereotyping, white privilege, and the impact of (post)colonization. The film allows for discussion of how everyone stereotypes. The stereotyping in this film is not just engaged in by the Latina actresses. I must admit, it can perpetuate stereotypes of Latinas/os, but not if it is taken as intended by the script writers. People who think this film does nothing but perpetuate stereotypes and reflect the stereotyping of Latinas is missing the larger picture. The issues of race, class, gender, discrimination, stereotyping, etc., are all brought to the forefront in a comical way. As a professor, I view this film as an opportunity to build bridges by pointing out the fact that EVERYONE stereotypes. This film is not about Latinas stuck in the days of the Chicano Movement. These are women who were products of the Chicano Movement and who do represent the thoughts and feelings of MANY U.S. born Latinas who identify as Chicanas, in particular those who have had very little exposure to people not of their own ethnic/racial heritages. This is much the same for members of other cultures who do not leave their comfortable zones. Unfortunately, many individuals who are more assimilated and/or who have grown up among members of the dominant U.S. culture (read Whites) tend to view the women as unrealistic and are often offended by the portrals. Of course they would appear this way to people who do not have the same frame of reference (worldviews) as the women depicted. Remember, the women were born and raised in East LA, not in New York, Wisconsin, Florida, Chicago, or the South. Latinos are all over the U.S. and are very diverse. The stories these women tell cannot be generalized to all Latinos or Chicanas for that matter. However, the depictions are relatively real for many Chicanas, born and raised in predominately Chicano communities. What I like the most about the film is the fact that in the end, the women learn about themselves and realize people are people no matter what their cultural/ethnic/racial heritages.

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