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The Cuban

By Stephanie Myers, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Heartwarming friendship story has some language, drinking.

Movie NR 2020 109 minutes
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This is a sweet, enjoyable drama that scratches the surface of how the elderly are sometimes viewed and treated when suffering from dementia and other ailments. The Cuban also lightly touches on immigration and cultural traditions but doesn't provide much depth on those subjects. For example, Mina's cousin has an arranged marriage, but that storyline is never developed or given any priority. And the relationship between Mina and Bano Ayoub is a little predictable. It's also casually mentioned that Ayoub may have been in a relationship with another woman back in Afghanistan, but that issue is only addressed twice and provides just a glimmer of insight about why she doesn't attend a mosque. We also learn that Luis has a son who doesn't like him much because Luis was dependent on alcohol and abandoned his family, but Luis' relationship with his family isn't discussed beyond that.

What the film does do well is explore how, sometimes, the elderly get overlooked and ignored -- and how showing them compassion, empathy, and kindness can make a huge impact. The movie also does an excellent job of incorporating music throughout, showing that music really can bring people from all walks of life together. Bottom line? The Cuban will make you want to get up and start dancing.

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