Friday, March 2, 2012

A Better Life (2011)

Director: Chris Weitz. Cast: Demián Bichir, José Julián. 98 min. Rated PG-13. Drama.

Mexican illegal immigrant father and son struggle to make ends meet in LA. The reason I saw this movie was Bichir's Oscar nomination for Best Actor (the nominee that kicked DiCaprio in J. Edgar or Fassbender in Shame out of this year's race); but boy, was this mediocre acting in a mediocre melodramatic movie. Maybe Bichir's performance stood out just because the son makes such a pathetic effort at acting. After all, everything's relative. In any case, the experience was nothing special.

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