The Anti-L.A. Tourism Movie
Release Date: April 19, 2013
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera,
Lou Diamond Phillips,
Khool-Aid Rios, Eddie Vargas
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 80 minutes
Distributor: Pantelion Films
Director: Youssef Delara, Michael D.
Executive Producer: Edward James Olmos, Kevin
Smith, Homa Soroor
Producer: Amir Delara, Youssef Delara,
Michael D. Olmos, Mico Olmos,
Edward Rios, Khoolaid Rios,
Writer: Youssef Delara
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Filly Brown, the heroine of the movie, is hardly heroic. She engages in crime, dishonesty and plagiarism in an effort to raise money to help get her mother out of prison. She then learns that the money was really to pay off her mother’s drug dealers. An effort is made to make Filly look like an idealist forced to become a sexy rap singer to raise money for her mother. Sadly, her idea of idealism is rap tunes expressing bitterness toward those who look down on and mistreat people like herself. Meanwhile, Filly’s father is presented as noble when he turns down an opportunity for considerable contracting work because the person offering the contract wanted a foreman who looked “respectable” (neatly dressed as opposed to covered in tattoos).
A record executive offers Filly a lucrative contract that could help solve her family’s economic problems. However, it comes at a price.
The irony is that a movie like FILLY BROWN would only make most people want to move further away from Los Angeles. Most people don’t want to live in a neighborhood where sentences are punctuated with “f” words, men search for rare places left to add a new tattoo, and drug dealers drive around ready to engage in urban warfare. FILLY BROWN will never be mistaken for an L.A. tourism promotion piece.
While the movie does end with themes of forgiveness and life change, it’s not driven by repentance in an overtly Christian sense. People can realize their life is a mess and try to change, but the most remarkable transformation is when someone seeks God’s forgiveness and a new life led by the Spirit of God. In Los Angeles, there are no doubt many true stories of life transformation through Jesus Christ. Had FILLY BROWN been such a story, it would have been a much better and more successful movie.
Jesus Christ is the one who offers true hope to communities like the one portrayed in FILLY BROWN. Jesus can clean up foul language, cure drug addictions and even turn drug dealers into kind, loving and honest neighbors. We need more movies offering this solution.
FILLY BROWN’s depiction of Los Angeles would make most people less interested in visiting that city. FILLY BROWN ends with themes of forgiveness and life change, but the worldview is mostly pagan, with more than 90 obscenities and profanities.