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  • Summary: A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che's path to redemption is tested when he discovers that his pride and joy--his only child, Jesse--is gay. In a homophobic rage, Che violently beats his son, disowning him. Out of pride, Che loses his son – the "best friend he's got" – and once again loses himself. Emotionally broken and vulnerable, Che is left isolated and alone. In a cathartic moment on the mean streets of the Mission, Che realizes that his patriarchal pride is meaningless to him, and that in order to maintain it, he has sacrificed the one thing that he cherishes most – love. (Screen Media Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. A satisfying and movingly acted story.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    The film oozes with authenticity -- sometimes a bit too much so -- and a genuine passion for the gritty, colorful, proud neighborhood that's still a few steps behind the progressive city it calls home (the Bratts grew up in and around the Mission).
  3. It offers Bratt maybe his best role ever as Che, a tough-guy neighborhood personality struggling to come to grips with his son's homosexuality.
  4. 50
    The after-school-special moralizing is mitigated by the project's sincerity and textured locale.
  5. The mixed report on La Mission is that writer-director Peter Bratt doesn't really know how to make pictures, but he does know the central character in his movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    The distinguished cinematographer Hiro Narita (“Never Cry Wolf”) captures the hard San Francisco light and the burnished glow of the beautifully painted cars. Unfortunately, this care is lavished on an overwrought, predictable story of an angry ethnic father.
  7. 25
    Utterly predictable and full of trite dialogue.

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  1. Feb 20, 2011
    Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. He's a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful lowrider cars. A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and do right by his pride and joy: his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che's path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. To survive his neighborhood, Che has always lived with his fists. To survive as a complete man, he'll have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown. Good movie I dont know why the review ratings are so low. I found this movie very a very satisfying empathetic look at the problems a macho Hispanic man has dealing with finding out his son is gay. Father is not an angel himself. He spent many years doing drugs and in gangs and theft. Father is now in recovery out of prison and sober via AA. The story is very honestly presented. Film presents a very interesting side to one of the areas of inner San Francisco. Well acted --some of the dialog is wordy. The Kid who is Jes is Great. There are a few over wrought melodramatic scenes but not to much over the top. Cinematography is nice and colorful and loving shots of Mission District San Francisco. Overall way above par compared to the usual USA/American blockbuster mega millions movies. This film received mixed reviews I disagree with most of the negative ones. Most reviewers now a days are in the criticism business and that means they have to be negative and tear the film up. I daily see far to many negative review of films which are actually pretty good. I agree with the NY Times here: "â Expand