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El Cantante

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for drug use, pervasive language and some sexuality
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Primary Audience:
Biography, Drama, Musical/Performing Arts
1 hr. 46 min.
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USA Release:
August 3, 2007 (wide—600 theaters)
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Featuring: Danny A. Abeckaser, Douglas J. Aguirre, Marc Anthony (Hector Lavoe), Christopher Becerra, Denise Blasor, Michael Caputo, Federico Castelluccio, Marcus Collins, Anibal De Gracia, Tony Devon, Romi Dias, Brother Douglas, Vaneik Echeverria, J. Teddy Garces, Melissa Gonzalez, Bernard Hernandez, Vincent Laresca, Hector A. Leguillow, Claudia Lopez, Jennifer Lopez (Puchi), Deirdre Lorenz, Chiko Mendez, Vianca Mercedes, Jack Mulcahy, Andrea Navedo, John Ortiz, Antone Pagan, Jerry Perez, Manny Perez, Jorge Pupo, Edwin Rivera, Yan Ruiz, Yorgo Stathopoulos, Lou Torres, Nelson Vasquez, Richie Viruet
Director: Leon Ichaso
Producer: Julio Caro, Simon Fields, Jennifer Lopez, David Maldonado, Nini Mazen, Margo Myers
Distributor: Picturehouse

“Based on the true story of the King of Salsa, Hector Lavoe.”

Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “The dramatic-biography of Puerto Rican salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe, one of the biggest Spanish-language singers in the 1970s. The tale follows Lavoe’s passionate relationship with his love Puchi, and his skyrocket to international fame. But even when he has it all, Lavoe is unable to escape the allure of drugs and his personal pain.”

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Negative—I think the movie could of been better! I thought Marc Anthony was outstanding in his performance. It felt natural coming from him, to me. Jenniffer Lopez did not fullfill her character to the fullest potential. I saw to much of her Selena character in this movie or maybe it’s just that her acting hasn’t improved. I was dissapointed. The movie very well could of been titled Puchi’s Story. They included her in to many scenes and took focus off of Hector Lavoe. I don’t think this was a good project for Jenniffer and Marc to do together. They should of put a better actress and one who looked more like the real Puchi, I must mention in this role; or does that not matter anymore ? Marc and J.Lo could of did another movie that would of been less important to Lavoe’s fans ! Everytime I watch it, I get upset. You know; Jenniffer could of fell back but no the' Diva' had to be in the spot light as well. The woman who played his sister would of been better off playing the part. Lopez needs to take time and feel her character’s emotions, body language, etc. I didn’t know Puchi personally but as a mom, I know I would of took my son’s death harder than how she acted it out ! Director’s need to stop giving her roles because of who she is and let them go to someone more passionate, capable, featuristic, and adapting. The movie was also a little confusing. Many times she would say one thing in her interview and in the next scene contradict herself. I could state more but I’ll wrap it up right here. …
My Ratings: Offensive / 3
Mandy, age 21