Ask a Mexican!
Published: July 13, 2011
GOOD MEXICAN OF THE WEEK: A Better Life is The Bicycle Thief for Latino USA, a touching, bitter, beautiful tale about an undocumented gardener and his son looking for the stolen truck that’s their livelihood. It’s not a perfect película — almost every Mexican-immigrant dad I know speaks to their children en español, and the Chivas soccer propaganda is a bit much (¡viva Pumas de la UNAM, cabrones!) — but it’s a must-see film and that rare Hollywood effort that doesn’t resort to century-old stereotypes of spicy señoritas and greasers. Director is Chris Weitz, the guy behind American Pie and About a Boy, and who is part-Mexi — who knew? You do now! Demand it at your local megaplex, por favor.
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