Chicago Boricua Release Date: 2004 Genre: Action Director(s): Marisol Torres Writer(s): Marisol Torres Staring: Mariluz Adler, Christian S. Anderson and Sofía Arroyo Chicago Boricua is one of those films indie films that desperately needs a good wraparound plot. Like so many of its kind, Chicago Boricua has a few different stories that are all at […]

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Chicago Boricua
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Action
Director(s): Marisol Torres
Writer(s): Marisol Torres
Staring: Mariluz Adler, Christian S. Anderson and Sofía Arroyo

Chicago Boricua is one of those films indie films that desperately needs a good wraparound plot. Like so many of its kind, Chicago Boricua has a few different stories that are all at least sort of interesting. In the end, though, there’s no reason for them to be happening, so it ends with a gasp rather than a bang.

To be more specific, there are three stories unfolding throughout Boricua. What saves it from being a big disappointment is that the most interesting of the three is the one that gets the most time on the screen. Puerto Rican German Hernandez has recently been recruited by a big-time real estate firm, and not necessarily because of his skills. The fact that he’s Puerto Rican is the key, as the area that he’s assigned to find potential sellers in is predominantly Puerto Rican and Spanish. German’s not having any luck during the first few weeks on the job, and as a result is threatened with termination if he doesn’t find a good property soon. After having a sudden change of heart about the way he goes about his business (probably too sudden for the film’s good), German gets into a relationship with an unattractive female with the sole purpose of clouding her mind so much that she’ll encourages her father to sell his store.

The other two stories are less interesting. There’s the horny white girl who hooks up with a drug dealer that she proceeds to emasculate and another white girl who has pretended to be Puerto Rican for much of her life. This female seeks out a fake birth certificate so she that she can become Queen of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Both of these characters are unlikable. The first is as a result of the girl having absolutely no depth, and the second is because the girl is an unfriendly bitch, not to mention the fact that the reasoning behind her pretending to be Puerto Rican is never really explored.

Apparently a revamp of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, which I’ve always meant to see, Chicago Boricua is nothing more than a nice attempt to make something worthwhile that didn’t pan out.
DVD: Barebones.

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