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Don't Let Me Drown (2009)

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In a post-September 11th world overflowing with fear and hate, two Latino teens discover that sometimes the only thing that can keep them from drowning is love.

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Cruz Angeles
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Credited cast:
E.J. Bonilla ... Lalo
Gleendilys Inoa ... Stefanie
Damián Alcázar ... Ramon
Ricardo Chavira ... Dionisio
Gina Torres ... Diana
Yareli Arizmendi ... Virginia
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moisés Acevedo ... Tito
Raúl Castillo ... Alex
Dennis Kellum Castro Dennis Kellum Castro ... Jonathan
Jeannie Dalton Jeannie Dalton ... Woman
Robert Dioguardi ... Police Officer #1
Ariel Estrada ... Ground Zero Reporter
Cory Fernandez ... Crowd person # 1
Louis Fernandez Louis Fernandez ... Crowd person #3
Julie M. Finch Julie M. Finch ... Older Lady
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In a post-September 11th world overflowing with fear and hate, two Latino teens discover that sometimes the only thing that can keep them from drowning is love.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No dejes que me ahogue See more »

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Color
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Referenced in 30 for 30: Fernando Nation (2010) See more »

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Written by Timothy Thomas Cleary
Performed by The Arclights
Courtesy of Timothy Thomas Cleary
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A R&J love story set in the aftermath of 9/11. It tries hard to be authentic but leaves the audience a little short.
16 April 2011 | by DemiRoninSee all my reviews

A R&J love story set in the aftermath of 9/11. It tries hard to be authentic but leaves the audience a little short. If haven't seen Raising Victor Vargas [2002], you should watch that film instead, it's a similar film without the 9/11 backdrop.

Lalo a young Mexican American high schooler with illegal parents is living in run down area of New York, he meets Stefanie a young Dominican girl and they fall in love. However Stefanie's father has rage issues and won't let her date anyone, and he'll beat anyones ass who tries to. Lalo's family struggles to pay rent while Stefanie's family is still reeling from the loss of their star daughter who had just got a job working at the World Trade Center.

The acting is not bad, the cinematography is not too bad, nor the editing but it just doesn't grab you like Raising Victor Vargas. Apart of the reason why is because the film doesn't know how to immerse the audience in the Point of View and emotions of young teens in love. It has these side stories that distract from the love birds like the father's rage about his daughter's death and the Lalo's father cleaning up 9/11 debris without proper gear.

These are important issues but these side characters get scenes to themselves and it sort of turns the film into an ensemble piece and dilutes from the love story. Also the two teens are not very original or distinguishable. In Raising Victor Vargas the main character had this really cocky bloated attitude which gave him some flavor. In this film it's just two teenagers who are a little timid about their emotions and although love is a compelling thing, audiences tend to wanna watch characters who are a little bit out of the ordinary.

This film is decent but otherwise too Luke warm to distinguish itself from the greats.


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