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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Uneven dark comedy follows a stand-up comedian's failures.

Movie NR 2014 94 minutes
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Leguizamo is a talented comedic actor, and while he's admirably trying to explore how difficult it is to be a minority in Hollywood, this painfully uneven comedy isn't going to help the cause. It's true that Hispanic actors are underrepresented on screen, but the lack of big laughs in this tale of personal and professional foibles makes the film difficult to recommend to anyone who isn't already a die-hard fan of Leguizamo, who's best known for his supporting roles in movies like Chef, Romeo + Juliet, Carlito's Way, and the voice cast of the Ice Age franchise.

Parts of Fugly! seem to mimic Annie Hall -- a neurotic New York comedian falls for a quirky, WASPy woman while navigating a showbiz career -- but the movie relies so heavily on sex (in an early scene, young Jesse walks in on his father having sex with a mistress, and the dad equates a woman's orgasm with a powerful sneeze, causing the boy to fetishize women's sneezes) and Latino cliches that it's more a collection of raunchy references than a brilliant Manhattan romantic comedy.

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