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Nothing Like the Holidays

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Familiar but funny holiday story with a Latino flavor.

Movie PG-13 2008 99 minutes
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Rodriguez is a fantastic actor who deserves more leading roles; his Iraq vet is just the right mix of tortured and relieved. When he looks at his lovely ex-girlfriend (indie darling Melonie Diaz), you can feel the longing. Comedians Leguizamo and his on-screen cousin Luis Guzman get the best lines without showboating, and heartthrob Jay Hernandez pops up as a Mexican-American friend of the family who used to be a thug. Reformed gang-bangers are as boring a role as they come for Latino actors, but Hernandez is a charming operator. The film is just like the role: predictable and cheesy but funny and sweet -- or, as we Latinos say, sabroso.

Most ethnic-family Christmas films (or basically all holiday films) are incredibly similar. There's the food-obsessed mama; the bickering, regressing siblings; the prodigal son; and a dash of cultural stereotyping to exaggerate the family's "ethnic" issues. But despite its inherently formulaic nature, NOTHING LIKE THE HOLIDAYS features a believable cast (even though most of them aren't actually Puerto Rican) that turns the overly familiar story into a sweet, funny addition to the genre.

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