WASHINGTON HEIGHTS

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Release Date: May 09, 2003

Starring: Tomas Milian, Manny Perez,
Danny Hoch, and Andrea Navedo

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Jerry
Langford WASHINGTON HEIGHTS
highlights the struggles and
dreams of Cuban-Americans
living in this
Latino-Caribbean flavored
neighborhood in New York City.
It is a slice of life story
that seems genuine and
sincere. Only a contrived
death scene in the third act
betrays the honesty of this
story’s script. Still, a
fine ensemble cast embodies
these blue-collar characters.
As a result, there is more
real-life drama and angst in
any ten minutes of WASHINGTON
HEIGHTS than in several summer
action flicks combined. The
story centers on Carlos, a man
in the Heights with a talent
for drawing comic books who
must first learn some valuable
lessons about life and
community. Like so many others
living in WASHINGTON HEIGHTS,
Carlos dreams of making it big
and escaping his humble
immigrant roots. Carlos lives
with his girlfriend, Maggie,
who also dreams of a better
relationship and a future with
him. Carlos struggles to
balance his own passions and
interests with those of his
friends and family. Carlos’
father runs a corner store in
the Heights and understands
the value of community,
loyalty and relationships,
something his son does not
share. He is shot and
paralyzed by a deranged
robber, however, so Carlos
must return home to help his
father recover and the family
business stay afloat. While
their relationship is
strained, to say the least, it
is touching to watch the
independent young son begin to
care more about his gruff and
disapproving father. During
his first night back home,
Carlos must deal with changing
his father’s diaper. Through
the tension and embarrassment
experienced by both men, the
built up walls of anger and
disappointment slowly begin to
crumble. As a result of his
newfound responsibilities,
Carlos is forced to set his
own plans aside temporarily
and his selfish nature finds a
new level of maturity. As the
story progresses, WASHINGTON
HEIGHTS reveals the hopes and
dreams of the other people in
Carlos’ life. His father
wants him to give up his
foolish drawing pursuits and
settle for running the family
business. His best friend,
Mickey, dreams of winning a
bowling tournament in Las
Vegas. Even Maggie’s ex-con
brother, Angel, a hard and
dangerous man, dreams of
raising enough cash to buy a
farm in the country. Life’s
hopes and dreams, whether
realized or not, propel people
through life and that is the
real message of WASHINGTON
HEIGHTS. Unfortunately, hopes
and dreams have a way of
consuming our lives and their
very pursuit offers little
eternal value to the soul.
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, sadly, is
true to life in that most
people do, in fact, pursue
relationships, position and
power. The movie fails to
point out that these in
themselves are empty without
Christ. The New Testament
cuts to the heart of this
issue when it asks the
following question: “What is
your life? You are a mist that
appears for a little while and
then vanishes.” Life is
short… and then you die, but
God offers love, forgiveness
and fulfillment that far
surpass earthly pleasures and
plans. WASHINGTON HEIGHTS also
contains excessive foul
language and some sexual
content. Please address your
comments to: No address
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Rating: R

Runtime: 88 minutes

Distributor: MAC Releasing

Director: Alfredo De Villa

Executive Producer:

Producer: Alfredo De Villa, Luis Dantas,
Tom Donahue and Manny
Perez EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Greg Johnson, Peter Newman and
Joseph La Morte

Writer: Alfredo De Villa, Manny Perez
and Nat Moss

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Content:

(HH, B, LLL, VV, SS, N, A, DD, M) Humanist worldview about Cuban immigrants pursuing their dreams, as well as man prays after serious accident, but then comments that his dead wife is “listening,” so it’s not clear who he was praying to, and two people remark “God bless you”; 112 obscenities (with 75 “f” words), one profanity, and woman urinates in bathroom sink; strong violence includes one fight scene, robbery where shop owner is shot and paralyzed, and one stabbing scene with some blood shown; sexual themes include father using prostitutes, talking about years of infidelity in his marriage, brief nudity and mostly clothed sex scenes, and couple live together, kissing, other couples talk of promiscuity; some brief nudity in drawings and woman seen sitting on toilet; alcohol use; smoking and some drug use; and, stealing rebuked and money returned.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS highlights the struggles and dreams of Cuban-Americans living in this Latino-Caribbean flavored neighborhood. There is more real-life drama and angst in any ten minutes of WASHINGTON HEIGHTS than in several summer action flicks combined, but it contains excessive foul language and some sexual content.

Review:

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS highlights the struggles and dreams of Cuban-Americans living in this Latino-Caribbean flavored neighborhood in New York City. It is a slice of life story that seems genuine and sincere. Only a contrived death scene in the third act betrays the honesty of this story’s script. Still, a fine ensemble cast embodies these blue-collar characters. As a result, there is more real-life drama and angst in any ten minutes of WASHINGTON HEIGHTS than in several summer action flicks combined.

The story centers on Carlos, a man in the Heights with a talent for drawing comic books who must first learn some valuable lessons about life and community. Like so many others living in WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Carlos dreams of making it big and escaping his humble immigrant roots. Carlos lives with his girlfriend, Maggie, who also dreams of a better relationship and a future with him. Carlos struggles to balance his own passions and interests with those of his friends and family.

Carlos’ father runs a corner store in the Heights and understands the value of community, loyalty and relationships, something his son does not share. He is shot and paralyzed by a deranged robber, however, so Carlos must return home to help his father recover and the family business stay afloat. While their relationship is strained, to say the least, it is touching to watch the independent young son begin to care more about his gruff and disapproving father.

During his first night back home, Carlos must deal with changing his father’s diaper. Through the tension and embarrassment experienced by both men, the built up walls of anger and disappointment slowly begin to crumble. As a result of his newfound responsibilities, Carlos is forced to set his own plans aside temporarily and his selfish nature finds a new level of maturity.

As the story progresses, WASHINGTON HEIGHTS reveals the hopes and dreams of the other people in Carlos’ life. His father wants him to give up his foolish drawing pursuits and settle for running the family business. His best friend, Mickey, dreams of winning a bowling tournament in Las Vegas. Even Maggie’s ex-con brother, Angel, a hard and dangerous man, dreams of raising enough cash to buy a farm in the country. Life’s hopes and dreams, whether realized or not, propel people through life and that is the real message of WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.

Unfortunately, hopes and dreams have a way of consuming our lives and their very pursuit offers little eternal value to the soul. WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, sadly, is true to life in that most people do, in fact, pursue relationships, position and power. The movie fails to point out that these in themselves are empty without Christ.

The New Testament cuts to the heart of this issue when it asks the following question: “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Life is short… and then you die, but God offers love, forgiveness and fulfillment that far surpass earthly pleasures and plans.

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS also contains excessive foul language and some sexual content.

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