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Filly Brown

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Young hip-hop artist sacrifices her true identity for fame.

Movie R 2013 101 minutes
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Filly Brown is far from subtle or understated, and it's not hard to see that the characters are making poor decisions. Though it does veer in some surprising directions, leaving the audience unable to predict exactly how Majo and her family's actions will come back to haunt them, the movie eventually treads on very familiar territory.

Olmos brings some gravitas to the saddest section of the arc, but Phillips seems to be acting underwater, with emotions that range from sedate to stoic. Where is he? It's Rodriguez who stands out for her bold performance, especially in scenes where she's protecting her younger sister and her hot temper flares. It's enough to make the film somewhat entertaining, though hardly original.

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