A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The girls learn positive lessons about the value of their Mexican heritage, as well as the importance of family, friendship, and love.
Positive Role Models
Nora and Mary are close sisters who are loyal to one another; Tia Aurelia is a loving aunt. Some of the female characters' romantic interests turn out to be lecherous, while others result in true love. Some of the characters reflect stereotypes about Mexican-Americans.
Violence & Scariness
Mild exchanges with female gang members. Gun shots are heard. One character is involved in a serious car accident; facial bruises are visible. The unexpected death of one parent is visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance is a major theme of the movie. One sexual encounter includes images of adults in bed wrapped in nothing but sheets (no nudity visible).
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Mary frequently uses the word "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Prada bags, BMWs, and Apple computers are prominently visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol (wine, mixed drinks, tequila) consumption is visible, which sometimes leads to some drunken behavior. One character is shown smoking marijuana and acting high as a result.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this modernized take on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility stars former teen sensations Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega (Spy Kids) as wealthy sisters who move to East L.A. after their father's death leaves them penniless. The word "s--t" is used frequently, and one relationship leads to a sexual situation (but there's no nudity). Characters drink and get drunk, and marijuana use is visible. Expect lots of humor and stereotypes based on Mexican-American culture, but the movie also celebrates the beauty of this heritage and offers positive messages about family, friendship, and love. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The movie offers a unique version of the Austen classic Sense and Sensibility. It effectively draws on the contrasts between the upscale neighborhood of Beverly Hills and East Los Angeles' prominent Mexican-American community as a way to illustrate class distinctions. But the poignant loss of the sisters' father and the discovery of a new brother gets a little lost in the narrative about the young women losing their material wealth.
There's also some stereotyping here, and the clash of the two cultures can often feel predictable and formulaic, which results in jokes that are only mildly funny. But it's clear that overall the movie seeks to celebrate the beauty and richness of America's Mexican heritage and offers this message within the context of family and love.
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