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Parents' Guide to

The Mambo Kings

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Cuban brothers bring dazzling music to NYC.

Movie R 1992 104 minutes
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The music is soulful and vibrant. The throbbing heart of the Latin culture in 1950s New York permeates every scene in this uniquely colorful, beautifully photographed and designed movie. The tale, however, is familiar. Gifted, but self-destructive artists with dreams of greatness let their fragile spirits defeat them. And there's nothing subtle about this film, even when the story calls for it. While Banderas makes a dazzling American debut, Assante's performance, along with a number of other actors, is obvious and over the top.

Still, the movie is worth seeing for the music, the dancing, and the heartfelt attempt to recreate an authentic picture of this transplanted Cuban culture.

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