Under the Same Moon

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: +3

Kate Del Castillo, Adrian Alonso, America Ferrera, Eugenio Derbez. Foreign drama. Written by Ligiah Villalobos. Directed by Patricia Riggen.

FILM SYNOPSIS: When a Hispanic 9-year-olds grandma dies, the boy runs off to America to find his mother. The mom, an illegal, left Mexico four years previously, and came to the U.S. in order to make money for her child. The boy has several adventures as he sneaks across the border and searches Los Angeles. As he seeks his mama, the boy manages to touch the lives of several others.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Once past the subtitles and the stereotyping of white America, it is easy to get caught up in the films touching parable about loves sacrifice and its effect on all who live under the same moon. It is a moving story. But there is an element that I found disturbing.

The film portrays white Americans as cartoonish, snobbish, inane or uncaring. I couldnt decide if this reverse discrimination and myopic view of white Anglo America made me mad or sad. Certainly, I was angry at the filmmaker for representing an entire race in such an unfeeling and untrue manner. (Try doing it to any other race.) And I felt pity for those who had met enough bad white Americans to assume we were all formed from the same cast.

If you dont like having to read subtitles or youre tired of the great American putdown, a theme filmmakers seem so enamored with, try renting this DVD alternative: I Am David. This powerful film adaptation of Anne Holms internationally acclaimed novel North to Freedom concerns a 12-year-old boy who escapes a communist labor camp possessing little more than a compass, an inherent distrust of people, and a sealed letter. With instructions (from an unseen character whose identity is not revealed until the end) to carry the letter to Copenhagen, Denmark, David is thrust into the free world for the first time in his young life. His trek across Europe is a physical test of will as well as a spiritual voyage where he slowly sheds his cynical view of humanity and begins to smile, share, trust and, ultimately, love.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Fox Searchlight/The Weinstein Company

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Four obscenities (the s-word) and around 20 minor expletives (damns and hells).

Profanity: One profane use of Gods name.

Violence: The little boy is set upon by a sex trafficker who aims to sell the boy into prostitution; the scene is brief, showing an evil in the world, but it dose not get graphic and the lad is quickly rescued the scene is handled with discretion.

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: None

Other: None

Running Time: 109 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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