UNDER THE SAME MOON
American Bashing 101
Release Date: March 19, 2008
Starring: Kate del Castillo, Eugenio
Derbez, Adrian Alonso, AND
Audience: Older children and adults
Runtime: 106 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Director: Patricia Riggen
Executive Producer: Ligiah Villalobos, Ram Bergman
and Norman Dreyfuss
Producer: Patricia Riggen, Santiago
Garcia Galvan and Gerardo
Writer: Ligiah Villalobos
Address Comments To:Peter Rice, President
Fox Searchlight Pictures (Fox Atomic)
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There are many elements in this story that are positive. The foul language is minor and there’s no sexual content or nudity. Carlitos recites the Lord’s Prayer when in danger and Enrique sacrifices himself for Carlitos. He gets arrested in order that Carlitos can escape and make it to his mother. The theme of the movie articulated by Enrique and repeated in song twice is that anything is worth the price to be with a loved one, including breaking the law and endangering yourself and others. This is certainly a mixed message. Sacrifice for others is noble and family is to be highly treasured, but crossing the line into illegal activity negates what noble actions are represented.
The filmmaker’s anti-American message is very clear. Not even California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is safe from attack for his policy against illegal aliens receiving driver’s licenses. It’s difficult to fully understand a message that is against America so profoundly when the entire movie is about people risking everything in order to live in America.
The best part of the movie is the performance by young Adrian Alonso, who holds the movie together. The writing is predictable and is highly melodramatic. The underscore and songs within the movie are used in a very heavy handed manner.
While this movie effectively pulls at the heart strings, it’s hard to recommend it because the premise of the movie is based on illegal – albeit controversial – activity. The filmmakers attempt to manipulate the viewers by setting up a difficult circumstance to gain empathy for Carlitos while bashing authorities and the United States government. Carlitio's has terrible experiences being an illegal alien in the U.S. If you are a fan of political correctness, then this movie is for you. Otherwise, there are more worthwhile movies with similar themes of the love of a mother and her children that would be worth watching. Some of these can be found at www.movieguide.org.
UNDER THE SAME MOON effectively pulls at the heart strings, but the movie’s premise of the movie is based on illegal – albeit controversial – activity. The filmmakers attempt to manipulate the viewers by setting up a difficult circumstance to gain empathy for Carlitos while bashing authorities and the United States government. If you are not a fan of political correctness, then this movie is not for you.