ANTONIA

Positive But Not Quite up to Par

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Release Date: September 21, 2007

Starring: egra Li, Cindy Mendes, Leilah Moreno, Jacqueline Simao, and Chico Andrade

Genre: Musical Drama

Audience: Older teenagers to adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 90 minutes

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Content:

(BB, CC, FeFeFe, HoHo, LL, VV, S, N, MM) Dominant moral worldview, with moderately strong Christian elements, takes a pro-life position, but with very strong feminist elements and strong homosexual content including discussion; 11 obscenities and profanities; three scenes containing violence, one of which involves a boyfriend hitting his girlfriend; one scene involves a couple kissing in the shower (the man’s top half is shown, while the woman is fully clothed) implying more to come perhaps and couples kiss; upper male nudity; no alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, father wants woman to get an abortion but later changes his mind about it when she chooses life over death.

Summary:

ANTONIA is a Brazilian movie about four women who dream of finding a place in the macho world of Spanish hip hop. The movie has a moral worldview, with some strong Christian elements, but there is also some foul language, strong feminist content and homosexual references, so extreme caution is advised.

Review:

ANTONIA is a foreign movie about a journey. . . a journey that a dream creates for four women, Lena, Preta, Barbarah, and Mayah, in the exotic country of Brazil. As black female artists attempting to find a place in the world of Spanish hip hop, the road does not prove to be an easy one. As many musical dreams begin, the action reveals the talented ladies working as part of other rap artists’ vision. The young women are excited about the opportunity, but desire more. From venue to venue, they sing background vocals for these other artists, until they are given the chance to perform separately from the male rappers as an opening act. Their performance shows the public how the four women can stand alone as an act.

ANTONIA is a modern musical, so one would expect the movie’s musical aspects to be a high priority and therefore of high quality. While the four female actresses/singers are separately talented in their own right, the overall sound they produce leaves much to be desired. Out of the numerous tracks performed during ANTONIA, only two musical numbers prove musically impressive and emotionally moving. This may be remarkably disappointing to music lovers.

The movie makes three positive references to God, twice in music. The first mention sneaks in through a rap where the performer invokes God’s blessing upon a situation. The second reference is a largely more blatant situation. The scene happens directly after a character has died, and one of the grieving individuals enters their home to a group of Christians singing worship songs together. This scene expresses that God can be a source of hope and comfort in times when one’s heart is hurting. Lastly, when two of the four women discuss relationship issues in one scene, one encourages the other woman by saying, “Leave it to God.” This quote reveals an aspect of God’s personality to never leave nor forsake his children, as well as reiterating that He is completely sovereign and in control of every situation.

Additionally, the movie incorporates the controversial subject of abortion. The pregnant character chooses life over death and decides to go through with the delivery, rather than stop the child’s existence. And, as icing on the pro-life cake, the father of the unborn child, who originally strongly encouraged an abortion, has a change of heart and supports the mother’s decision.

On the negative side, the movie contains some foul language, very strong feminist content and strong homosexual references, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme or strong caution.

In Brief:

ANTONIA is a Brazilian movie about a journey that a dream creates for four women, Lena, Preta, Mayah, and Barbarah. As black female artists attempting to find a place in the world of Spanish hip hop, the road is not easy. As many musical dreams begin, the talented ladies are revealed working as part of other rap artists’ vision. The young women are excited about the opportunity, but desire more. From venue to venue, they sing background vocals for these other artists, until they are given the chance to perform separately as an opening act. Their performance shows the public how the four women can stand alone musically.

ANTONIA is a modern musical, so one would expect the movie’s musical aspects to be a high priority and therefore of high quality. While the four female actresses/singers are separately talented in their own right, the overall sound they produce leaves much to be desired. The movie has a moral worldview, with moderately strong Christian elements making three positive references to God, but there is also some foul language and strong feminist content with strong references to homosexuality. Thus, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.