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Luminarias (1999)

R | | Comedy, Romance | 5 May 2000 (USA)
Four professional women meet at an East Los Angeles restaurant called Luminarias to share secrets about their careers, love, family, and sex.

Writers:

Evelina Fernández (play), Evelina Fernández (screenplay)

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

It's all about love.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sex, mystika kai psemata See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Color:

Color
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Soundtracks

Love Me
Written by Joey Lattanzi and Vincent Montana Jr.
Performed by India and Tito Puente
Courtesy of TropiJazz Records, A Division of RMM Records Corp.
Available on the album: Jazzin'
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Good premise, BAAAADLY executed
30 April 2003 | by exruggerSee all my reviews

Whew! I was looking forward to seeing this film for its (I thought) wonderfully diverse content; there are far too few films with such subject matter and cast, but YIKES!

SO poorly written, SO poorly acted!! It made me so disappointed that the writer tried to fit every stereotype she could into her dialogue, scenes that were forced to fit in all the cliches, forced to fit in contrived "confrontations" and GOD-AWFUL ACTING!!! I don't know what happened to some of these actresses, I've seen many of them in other roles, and they've been very good, but it seems as though they all sank to the level of the film.

It's too bad that this will be held up as an example of Latina filmmaking, it will probably make other producers shy away from tackling content like this in the future.


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