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Mi Amigo Alexis

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sweet subtitled soccer tale has some mature themes.

Movie NR 2019 100 minutes
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This movie is a sweet and engaging story about how a loving young son copes with an insensitive and clueless father. Mi Amigo Alexis sets a jaunty tone with robust, fun music as it chronicles the complex emotional lives of poor kids who are more interested in enjoying themselves than in money. The gentle understanding that Sanchez brings to the story underscores how much farther passion and enjoyment can take you than the militant ravings of a desperate and unfulfilled parent. As Sanchez explains, his mother never forced him to play soccer when he was young, so his drive came from within. Equally moving is his assurance that he has never forgotten where he came from, or the hunger and deprivation of his youth.

The one misstep here is the jokey scene in which locals who vandalized Sanchez's fancy car are sorry for the "mistake" once they learn the car belonged to a major soccer star. This stereotyping implies that poor people steal as a matter of course, which feels belittling and condescending.

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