What You Need To Know:
(B, L, V, SS, NN, M) Moral worldview; 7 obscenities, 1 profanity & 6 vulgarities; brief violence -- man gets shot; depicted adultery & immorality; naturalistic male nudity & brief female nudity; and, car theft.
THE PEREZ FAMILY tells its story of love, separation and reunion in flashback from Cuba to 20 years later in the city of Miami. Refusing to give in to Fidel Castro’s Communist takeover in the 60s, Juan Raul Perez is imprisoned. Thankfully, he first sends his wife, Carmela, and three-year-old daughter on a permanent “vacation,” hoping to find them some time in the future. It is this hope that sustains him. Dottie Perez, no relation to Juan, is a spunky prostitute set on meeting Elvis Presley and finding a new life in the USA. Both end up on the last boat of refugees allowed out of Cuba. A misunderstanding registers the two unrelated Perezes as Mr. and Mrs. Will Raul now find his real family or be forced to live a lie in his new country?
Love and facing reality are the major themes: Dottie realizing that the United States is not the dreamland she imagined; and Raul searching diligently for his wife. Heavy accents make the dialogue difficult to understand at times, but the actors turn in decent performances. While the movie contains some offensive content — brief nudity and sexual immorality — the end is a morally welcome, though frustrating, one. The mixture of romance, comedy and drama results in a messy picture.