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20 Romance Comedy And Drama Movies Starring Latinos To Stream Over The Weekend

It isn’t every day that Hollywood comes out with quality films starring Latinas. When they do, very few include the classic and beloved romantic comedy storyline. Whether you’re looking for something to watch while hosting a night in or just in need of some Saturday morning binge inspiration, here’s a look at the best rom-com movies starring Latinas available to stream online now.

1. “Hitch”

CREDIT: “Hitch” / Colombia Pictures

Eva Mendes co-stars alongside Will Smith in this 2005 romantic comedy about a “date doctor” who meets the one woman who throws off his game. Mendes plays Sara, a gossip columnist based in New York genuinely looking to focus on her career than meeting guys. Smith is Alex “Hitch” Hitchens a professional coach in the business of teaching awkward, but truly “nice” men how to the women of their dreams. When Alex meets Sara, a clever Latina with a penchant for whip-smart lines, he suddenly loses his smooth airs and has to learn how to woo Sara on her terms.

Stream it on: Amazon

2. “Maid In Manhattan”

CREDIT: “Maid In Manhattan” / Colombia Pictures

This 2002 film rom-com classic stars Jennifer Lopez as a single mother working as a maid at a ritzy hotel in the heart of Manhattan who falls for a politician way out of her sphere. Smells like a Cinderella story already? Well, yes it is. But the best part is watching JLo’s character win over the guy of every woman’s dreams, work hard for her big career goals, and completely stun in a gorgeous gown all while sporting baby hairs.

3. “Fools Rush In”

CREDIT: “Fools Rush In” / Colombia Pictures

For the Latina with a thing for 90s romantic comedies, this hit starring Salma Hayek will not disappoint. Salma Hayek plays free-spirited Mexicana Isabel, a photographer who deeply believes in fate and her culture. Matthew Perry plays Alex Whitman an architect from New York City visiting Las Vegas for work. When he runs into Isabel outside of a unisex bathroom, sparks fly and soon enough the pair ends up getting entangled in a one night stand that will change their lives forever.

Stream it on: Youtube, Amazon

4. “From Prada to Nada”

CREDIT: “Prada to Nada” / Lionsgate

When you’re a Latina obsessed with an author like Jane Austen, life can be a bit hard. After all, the English writer of the 1800s never did much traveling outside of her home in Bath, let alone to Central and South America. Still, this take on her beloved novel Sense and Sensibility might do. Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega play two spoiled rich sisters (Nora and Mary) completely out of touch with their Mexican roots. When their father passes away, and they discover that he left them penniless, the two are forced to pack up their things and live with an estranged aunt living in East L.A. It doesn’t take long for the two sisters to find love interests on the east side and family members ready to shape up their understanding of their culture.

Stream it on: Youtube, Amazon, Netflix

5. Our Family Wedding

CREDIT: Fox Searchlight Pictures

If you’re looking for a film to fulfill your wedding vibe desires, look no further than this gem starring “Ugly Betty’s” America Ferrera. The actress plays Lucia Ramirez, a Mexican-American who is both head over heels and shacked up with her African American boyfriend Marcus Boyd. For any Latina eagerly planning a wedding with the hopes of holding onto her own traditions as well as the ones of her spouse’s this is the perfect weekend watch.

BTW: “Jane The Virgin” actress Gina Rodrigues stars.

Stream it on: Youtube, Amazon, Netflix

6. Chasing Papi

CREDIT: “Chasing Papi” / 20th Century Fox

Roselyn Sánchez, Sofía Vergara, Jaci Velasquez star as three smart Latinas all cursed with the luck of falling for and being involved with the same two-timing (three-timing?) boyfriend. When the three women discover that their guy, Tomás, has been dating all three of them at the same time, they team up to exact the ultimate revenge.

Stream it on: HBO, Youtube, Amazon

7. After Sex

CREDIT: “After Sex” / Anchor Bay Entertainment

How very rare to find a mainstream romantic comedy film starring an Afro-Latina who embraces her queer identity. For those of us looking for something a little more relatable and diverse, this pic starring Zoe Saldana is essential.  The Dominican Puerto Rican stars in this ensemble rom-com as Kat, a college student having a casual sexual relationship with her roommate Nikki (Mila Kunis). Watch Saldana as she navigates one storyline (in a series of seven others) that speaks to the complexity of modern-day relationships.

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8. ¿Qué Culpa Tiene el Niño? /Don’t Blame The Kid

CREDIT: “Don’t Blame The Kid” /Adicta Films

Looking to fulfill your Spanish-language rom-com fix? This film starring Mexicana Karla Souza is everything you need. Watch the “How To Get Away With Murder Star as she plays Maru, a young woman who makes the crazy decision to have a child with a man she’s only ever had a one-night stand with.

Stream it on: Netflix

9. The Sweetest Thing

CREDIT: “The Sweetest Thing” / Columbia Pictures

Part Cuban actress, Cameron Diaz plays Christina, a successful interior designer and trou-chaser. Despite her player ways, Christina falls in love with a man she meets at a club and decides to take a road trip with her friend to see him again. Lovers of unapologetically raunchy films like “Bridesmaids” and “Girls Trip,” will fall in love with Blockbsuter hit that did it first.

BTW: If you’re looking for a film that has an actress whose character truly embraces la cultura, you won’t find it here. Still, you’ll get plenty of laughs.

Stream it on: Netflix, Youtube, Amazon

10. “Mosquita Y Mari” 

CREDIT: San Joaquin Kit Fox

This 2012 Official Sundance Selection and the Official Selection of the San Francisco International Film Festival tells us about two “young Chicanas [who] contemplate life when they stir unexpected desires in each other.” Aurora Guerrero, the writer and director, crafted something truly incredible and special, touching on what it’s like to be a queer woman of color.

11. “Por La Libre”

CREDIT: Juan Carlos de Llaca

Ahhh, a film about growing pains. It follows Rodrigo and Rocco as they take a journey from Mexico City to Acapulco to accomplish their grandfather’s last wish. It hits home for anyone dealing with family issues, sexuality, and fighting with someone you’re really close to; like your cousins, brothers or sisters.

12. “The Best Things In The World”

CREDIT: Warner Bros. Pictures

Oh goodness, the feels in this movie! It tells the story of one family’s experience as the parent’s divorce, and the father comes out as gay. It’s a beautiful, funny, sad Brazilian film that hits on real issues that Latino families face. Get ready to laugh and cry.

13. “Confissões de Adolescente”

CREDIT: Confissões de Adolescente / Sony Pictures Entertainment

Lovers of “Tortilla Soup” will love this tale about a band of sisters while helping their father. The film is based on the diary entries of Maria Mariana, who also stars.

14. “The Way He Looks”

CREDIT: Vitrine Films

Based on the 2010 short film, “I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone, is about a blind teenager, his best friend Giovana, and their changing relationship when Gabriel is introduced. It’s sweet, poignant, and touches on the relationship between two teenagers that constantly blurs the line between friendship and something more.

15. “The Year My Parents Went On Vacation”

CREDIT: Buena Vista International

This film is the perfect mix of drama and comedy exploring themes of politics and familial discord, all centered around a young boy’s obsession with the World Cup. It’s part coming of age, part political commentary, part nostalgic tale and will leave your heart aching. For anyone who has had to live the repercussions of their parents’ lives, this is for you.

16. “Lake Tahoe”

This film isn’t just visually unique and interesting. The story is fascinating and focuses on Juan, who crashes his family car into a pole and attempts to fix it. Of course, you can bet that he meets some interesting characters his way to fix his car that ultimately change his life.

17. My Best Friend’s Wedding

CREDIT: TriStar Pictures

Cameron Diaz stars in, once again, another fantastic rom-com of the 90s. In this film starring Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz takes on the role of Kimmy, a sweet-faced heiress who is engaged to Michaela writer. Unfortunately is zany friend has other plans for their engagement. 

18. “Raising Victor Vargas”

CREDIT: Raising Victor Vargas/ Samuel Goldwyn FilmsFireworks

This depiction of life in the early 2000’s in New York City’s Lower East Side explains what it’s like to grow up in a large Latino family. The film stars Victor Rasuk and Judy Marte.

19. “I Like It Like That”

CREDIT: I Like It Like That / Columbia Pictures

The Bronx-based comedy follows the highs and lows faced by a young, poor Puerto Rican couple. Starring Lauren Vélez and Jon Seda.

20. “Tortilla Soup”

CREDIT: Tortilla Soup / Samuel Goldwyn Films

It was hard not to get sucked into this TV favorite about sisters trying to grow under the watchful eye of their father. Starring Héctor Elizondo, Jacqueline Obradors and Elizabeth Peña.


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The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Said Cardi B Would Have Been A Better Lead Than Jennifer Lopez

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The Real-Life ‘Hustler’ Said Cardi B Would Have Been A Better Lead Than Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez cannot believe the incredibly positive reviews she’s getting over her lead role in the film “Hustlers.” She was so moved that she cried on national TV. Last week while being interviewed by Hoda Kotb, Lopez expressed her emotional reaction over the surprising reviews for her role, which some critics say could get her an Acadamy Award nomination. Here’s just a snippet of what film critics are saying about the film that made a big debut this weekend. “Hustlers asks what a movie like Goodfellas looks like with women at the center of the story,” one film critic said. “If nothing else, we get to see Jennifer Lopez command the screen as easily as Ramona does the stage, offering up a seductive awards-worthy performance that makes us remember why she became a movie star in the first place,” another said

There is at least one person who isn’t raving about Lopez’s role, and that’s the one who inspired the film. 

Samantha Barbash, the woman who inspired “Hustlers,” said she would have liked to have seen Cardi B in the lead role instead of Jennifer Lopez. 

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The 45-year-old said in an interview with Hollywood Life that rapper Cardi B should have portrayed her instead of the veteran actress, even though this is Cardi’s first film. “I said it from day one, even to the producer. Cardi doesn’t have the acting skills that Jennifer does, but Cardi could relate more to who I was because even though she wasn’t in the same club, we were in the same industry,” she told the lifestyle website. “If Cardi took some acting lessons and shadowed me, I’m sure that she would have played a better role for my character.”

Barbash goes on to say that she is flattered that Lopez wanted to play her in a movie but stresses that the film got several things wrong about her. 

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For starters, Barbash wasn’t a stripper at all. The film, based on a 2015 New York magazine article, shows Lopez as a stripper who ends up drugging wealthy bankers and robs them of their money. However, Barbash said she was never a stripper. Barbash actually worked at a strip club in New York City as a hostess. Yes, the other stuff about the drugs and taking their money is correct, but seeing Lopez play her a stripper didn’t sit well with her. Barbash also said that Lopez never reached out to her in order to learn about her mannerisms, which is what actors do when they’re portraying real-life characters. Even when the real-life character is deceased, actors still study old footage to learn more about the role they are playing. You may recall the extensive research Lopez said she did to portray Selena Quintanilla. She even slept in her bed to get into deep character.  

Earlier this year, Barbash said she would release her own memoir about the ordeal (which she did) that got her 5 years probation and said she planned to sue the filmmakers. 

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“This is a living nightmare,” Barbash said in April in the New York Post after videos leaked of Lopez on a stripper pole. “So now I’m going to have to do a lawsuit. I’m getting a gag order.” Bruno Gioffre, also said back then, that Barbash was “considering all legal avenues with the possibility injunctive relief, including a lawsuit.” The movie was made despite her legal threats. Today, Barbash is an entrepreneur and owns her own spa business. 

We can see why she would have preferred to see Cardi B in the title role. 

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The Bronx rapper did admit to drugging men and robbing them, just like the characters did in the movie “Hustlers.” In 2017, Barbash was charged for conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny in exchange for five years probation

In March, Card admitted on social media that during her stint as a stripper in New York she too did what the “Hustlers” did in the movie. “I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f*ck me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go to this hotel,’ and I drugged n*****s up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do.” 

Soon after that post, Cardi said she it was wrong of her to do that and has since tried to make a better life for herself. 

READ: Critics Think Jennifer Lopez Gave An Oscar-Worthy Performance In ‘Hustlers’

Here’s The Breakdown Of Selena’s Relationship With Chris Perez That You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Here’s The Breakdown Of Selena’s Relationship With Chris Perez That You Didn’t Know You Needed

Selena Quintanilla is a pop music icon. Nicknamed the “Queen of Tejano music,” the Mexican American singer, songwriter, and fashion designer was one of the top-selling Latin artists of the 1990s. After winning Best Mexican American Album at the 1994 Grammy Awards and releasing another critically-acclaimed album, Selena was murdered by Yolanda Saldívar at the height of her success. 

While many are familiar with the story of Selena and her sordid romance with her guitarist Chris Perez from the hit film Selena, we thought we’d break down their relationship timeline. 

Chris Perez joins Selena y Los Dinos.

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In 1989, after lead guitarist Roger Garcia departed Selena y Los Dinos, A.B. Quintanilla III asked Chris Perez to join the band. Chris admired A.B.’s musical arrangements and Los Dinos’ fresh take on Tejano music. 

At first, Selena’s manager and father did not like Chris’s hard rock image and feared it would ruin Selena’s “perfect image.” But with bandmembers defending him, and as his tastes evolved, he was welcomed into the band; eventually co-writing some of Selena’s music. 

Selena and Chris realize they have feelings for each other. 

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In 1989, Chris co-wrote Selena’s Coca-Cola commercial jingle. While on vacation with the band in Acapulco, Mexico, Chris and Selena realized they had feelings for each other. However, Chris had a girlfriend in San Antonio at the time. The pair tried to stay away from each other but eventually gave in to their impulse to be together. The two confessed their love at Pizza Hut, which is adorable. 

Was Chris bad for Selena’s wholesome image?

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In 1991, Chris was arrested for driving under the influence and speeding in Texas leading to a physical altercation between him, his cousin, and the police. Chris was arrested but later released without charge. When he confessed the incident to Abraham and Selena it helped him build their trust, but only aided in cultivating his “bad boy” image. 

That same year, Chris and a couple of road crew members of Selena y Los Dinos began drunkenly wrestling in a hotel room. The three of them trashed the room. Selena was so furious she broke off her relationship with Chris, but she and Abraham forgave him. 

A secret relationship. 

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Selena and Chris knew they had to hide their relationship from her disapproving father, Abraham Quintanilla. However, Selena was resistant and wanted to tell her family. When Selena’s sister Suzette told Abraham about their relationship, Abraham kicked Chris off the tour bus. Despite the drama, Selena and Chris stayed together in secret.

Chris is fired from the band.

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One day, Abraham ambushed Chris and Selena while they were alone on the tour bus. He told Selena they had to break up, but Selena fought back with Chris’ help. Abraham threatened to disband the group but just fired Chris instead. Selena wanted to run off with Chris, but her father thwarted her efforts. 

Selena and Chris elope.

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On April 2, 1992, Selena barged into Chris’ hotel room. The “Dreaming of You,” singer couldn’t stand to be without Chris and demanded they get married. Chris didn’t think Abraham would approve, but Selena was adamant her father would never attend a planned wedding anyway. Selena believed getting married would show Abraham they were serious about each other. The two eloped that day in Nueces County, Texas. 

Abraham finds out about the secret wedding.

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Selena hoped to keep their marriage a secret, but it was announced on the radio within a few hours of the ceremony. The two ran away together. At first Abraham was furious, but eventually, as Selena predicted, he accepted that two were husband and wife. He apologized and asked Chris to rejoin Selena y Los Dinos.  

Selena’s death.

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In 1995, Selena was murdered by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar. After becoming one of Selena’s closest confidantes, Saldívar embezzled money from the boutique and fan club. She denied the accusations after meeting with Selena and Chris. 

When Selena discovered Saldívar had given her incorrect documents, she arranged to meet with her the next morning. On March 31, 1995, Selena met Saldívar at her motel where the thief falsely claimed she was raped, a fact that was proven when Selena had her examined by doctors. The two returned to Saldívar’s motel room where Selena fired her. As Selena turned to leave, Saldívar shot her in the back. 

The aftermath of losing his wife.

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In 2017, Chris shared a copy of his marriage license with Selena to commemorate their 25 year anniversary. 

“Obviously, Selena’s impact on the world is still being felt today…as it deserves to be. Thanks for sharing your pictures of the event to my messages and on my timeline. On another note, it’s hard to believe that today marks 25 years since Selena and I decided that the only way to be together…was to run away and get married (at 20 and 22 years old) in secret,” he wrote.