Five US Latino-Themed Movies We Love and Two We Hate

May 14, 2012
9:04 am

Now that being a US Latino is a HOT thing, we want to take a pause and suggest to Hollywood that if they want to really dig deeper into what it is to be Latino in America in the 21st century, they might want to take a pause and see what movies have resonated with many. We added our favorite five US Latino-theme movies here, and two movies that suck balls. Will Hollywood take the risk? Probably not, but we are cueing our Netflix to watch these movies again, well, at least the five that we love.

5. Selena (1997)

What don't we like about this movie? Not much. First, J-LO was great and so was Edward James Olmos. And who can forget the SALINAS! scene? Just an American success/tragedy story. Real families. Real issues. Great music. And our favorite monologue of all time.

4. El Norte (1983)

This movie came out in 1983 and we would think that if it were re-released right now, it would hit home with many. This is what made Gregory Nava. We will take it.

3. My Family/Mi familia (1995)

Smits. Olmos. Morales. Nava. Enough said.

2. El Super (1978)

This movie came out in 1978 and it tells the story of a Cuban exile who becomes a super in New York City. Never seen the movie? Watch the whole movie here.

1. Zoot Suit (1981)

This classic from Luis Valdez focuses on the Sleepy Lagoon Murders and the Zoot Suit Riots. 'Who's pinche side are you anyway?" "The sides of the heroes and the fools, Hank." Oh, is this another one with Olmos?

And now the two movies that make us cringe.

Fools Rush In (1997)

Before ROB! there was this. Stereotypical crap at its worst. Can we just airbrush Salma Hayek out of it?

Scarface (1983)

Every time we hear Pacino overact his way through with the worst Cuban accent ever (like a deranged Ricky Ricardo), a part of us dies in shame. To all those who worship its cult classic status, we can do so much better. So much better. Brian De Palma should be tried for crimes against stereotypical humanity. It's not that we DON'T like crime movies, but give us Miller's Crossing, American Me (more Olmos!), and Goodfellas over Scarface any time.