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All Of The Best Latina-Starring RomComs To Remind You You’re Not Alone

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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Even The Biggest ‘Scream’ Movie Fans Probably Don’t Know These Crazy Facts About The Film Franchise

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Even The Biggest ‘Scream’ Movie Fans Probably Don’t Know These Crazy Facts About The Film Franchise

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This year seems like the year of scary movies. Pretty much all Halloween events and parties have been cancelled thanks to the pandemic so what’s better than staying home and watching a scary movie?

One of our favorites is definitely Scream. Sure, the franchise may have lost its way in the third and fourth installments, but they’ve cemented themselves as not just iconic pieces of Halloween entertainment but also memorable movies in general.

You can’t honestly say Ghostface doesn’t creep you out a little bit! Helmed by horror icon Wes Craven, the Scream series launched in 1996 and saw four films — and will have a fifth in 2022. The movies, starring Neve Campbell, are exactly what we reach for every spooky season, but we bet you didn’t know some of these fun facts about the franchise.

The movie was originally called Scary Movie.

Before being called Scream, the project was called Scary Movie, not to be confused with the parody movie that came out later. The movie’s new name was inspired by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson’s song “Scream,” released the year prior.

The use of caller ID systems more than tripled after the release of the film.

Drew Barrymore says that caller ID use in the U.S. tripled after “Scream” was released in 1996 — and she would know, because her character might’ve survived past 10 minutes if she had it.

Speaking of phone calls: Drew Barrymore kept calling the real 911 while filming the movie.

Credit: Scream / Dimension Films

While filming the opening scene of the first movie, Drew Barrymore, who plays Casey, kept accidentally dialing the real 911 because someone on the props team actually forgot to unplug the phone before filming. Who would of thought they’d actually be using real phones to begin with?

The naive yet beloved Dewey character was actually supposed to die in the first film.

In a tweet, Arquette says that he has behind the scenes footage of the final scene in the movie and that he was actually supposed to be killed in the original script. But we all know that isn’t what happened and we’ve come to love him appearing in each of the films.

As a result, Arquette has now reprised his role of Dewey Riley across four Scream films and will do so again in the fifth that’s filming now. What’s worse, he says people to this day still refer to him as “Doofy,” or his character from the Scream parodies Scary Movie.

Many other actresses were considered for the lead role of Sidney.

Although we’ve all come to love Neve Campbell in the Scream series – in fact, it wouldn’t be the same without her – she wasn’t the only actress up for the role. There were several big-name actors being considered, including everyone from Melissa Joan Hart and Brittany Murphy to Tori Spelling and Drew Barrymore. The latter actually landed the role but due to scheduling conflicts decided to pull out and was offered the smaller role of Casey.

Most of the actors in the film were told to wear black boots as part of their character’s costume.

Credit: Scream 3 / Dimension Films

David Arquette said in a tweet that director Craven paid such close attention to details that he asks many of the people in the cast to wear black boots to lend to the suspicion that any character could be the killer.

In Scream 2, Jada Pinkett Smith is killed in a very gruesome way and it was all her idea.

Credit: Scream 2 / Dimension FIlms

Jada Pinkett Smith met her untimely end early on in Scream 2 — and she asked for it. “I remember saying to the director at the time, ‘I want to die the most horrific death that has ever happened in a horror film,'” she told People. Director Wes Craven delivered, and Pinkett Smith was grandly offed.

If you’re a huge scream fan then you’re probably counting down the days until Scream 5. Here’s what we know so far:

Sadly, Scream 5 will be the first in the series not directed by Wes Craven, the mastermind behind A Nightmare on Elm Street and others, as he passed away in 2015 due to brain cancer. However, there is reason to celebrate his successors, Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (collectively referred to as Radio Silence). The filmmakers earned attention from genre fans for their segments in anthologies V/H/Sand Southbound, but more recently turned a lot of heads directing their sophomore feature-length effort, 2019’s horror-comedy hit Ready or Not.

However, David Arquette, Neve Campbell, and Courtney Cox are all set to return to Woodsboro in their original roles.

Filming has already started but it looks like we’ll have to wait until January 2022 to be able to actually see the movie.

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13 Spooky Movies To Watch That Are Guaranteed To Make Your Skin Crawl

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13 Spooky Movies To Watch That Are Guaranteed To Make Your Skin Crawl

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With Halloween fast approaching, we’re getting ready to cue up those scary movies for the best quarantine fright- fest yet. Horror movies are the one thing that seals the deal on making spooky season official. Time to butter up that popcorn, sip on that chocolatito, and snuggle up in front of the TV.

So, are you looking to kick back to some great horror films but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered with a list of our top 13 scary movies just in time for spooky season. These films range from classic horror to psychological thrillers. This list is the perfect way to get you into the spirit. Are you ready for the best scare yet?

The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

Let’s start off with a Guillermo Del Torro classic. After 10-year-old Carlos becomes orphaned after the death of his father, he soon discovers the secrets of the haunted school that shelters him. Set during the Spanish Civil War and filled with ghosts, defused bombs, and a whole lot of mystery, this movie is one that will definitely keep heads turning.

Carrie (1976)

Carrie White seems to think the world is against her and I mean: she’s not wrong. Who wouldn’t get upset and lash out with their mother and peers constantly antagonizing her? Little do we know, Carrie reveals her telekinetic powers that eventually leads to some problematic outcomes as she starts to seek out intense revenge on those who’ve wronged her.

Poltergeist (1982)

A classic tale of ghosts and exorcisms all combined in one. When the California-based Freelings’s family encounters that ghosts are communing in their television set, they are seemingly terrified. The parents have no choice but to hire an exorcist to help as soon as they discover their 5-year-old daughter is now missing. But the question is: will this help or hurt them?  

Mama (2012)

When two twin sisters mysteriously vanish on the same day of their parent’s death, their uncle and his girlfriend go on a thrilling search for their bodies. The twins are found in a decaying cabin in the woods after searching. This is when it becomes clear that their escape will not be as easy as it seems. A short by Argentinian director Andrés Muschietti, it’s no wonder why the film won the ASCAP award for the best Top Box Office Films. 

BirdBox (2018)

A mysterious force has wiped out humanity and everyone knows that if you see this thing you die. Everyone is now strategizing the best way to overcome this and stay safe. One woman desperately tries everything in her power to keep her children safe and away from sight. The best and safest way to seek this shelter ultimately results in them figuring it out blindfolded. This Netflix original sent chills down my spine, and I promise as soon as you watch it, you’ll get them too. 

Us (2019)

The protagonist Adelaide revisits her childhood town with her family and has a gutted feeling that the past may now take over the present. The movie recount a terrifying incident of her childhood when she was traumatized in a carnival fun house. The family soon encounters four strangers who look exactly like each one of them. This Jordan Peele creation leaves viewers the opportunity to piece together the puzzle pieces slowly but surely, and journeys you through a horrifying storyline that will leave you glued to your television screen. 

A Quiet Place (2018)

You’ve probably heard the phrase “Actions speak louder than words,” right? Well in this thriller it’s certainly the truth. A horror film that essentially has only a few pages of real dialogue, the premise is that if “they” hear you, “they” find you. The family of four must be the quietest they’ve ever been so that a breath or even a footstep won’t reveal their presence. You’ll be jumping out of your seat so maybe don’t watch this alone in the dark.

Vampires vs The Bronx (2020)

Sometimes the best films are the ones that scare you but also make you laugh. This coming-of-age horror comedy recently made its Netflix debut earlier this month and fans are non-stop raving about it. It follows a group of teens from the Bronx who are forced to save their neighborhood from an incoming vampire invasion. The concept incorporates prevalent societal issues with a lighthearted twist and is a perfect treat for all audiences to enjoy.

Hereditary (2018)

A family in mourning finds ways to cope with the loss of a loved one while experiencing supernatural phenomena. The encounters with the supernatural begin to grow more and more disturbing. The family is left with these moments linking to a grand unveiling of family history and secrets. It’s so haunting that this movie will stay with you forever.

Veronica (2017)

“Veronica” tells the tale of a girl and her friends summoning the spirit of her dead father during a solar eclipse using a Ouija board. However, there are more undesirable spirits that have come through. She’s quickly surrounded by evil spirits and presences that are now known to pose a threat to her family. Sandra Escacena was nominated for the Goya Award for Best New Actress in 2018 for her work.

The Cabin In The Woods (2011)

Basically, a college cabin vacation gone wrong. A camping trip with five friends takes a turn when they are attacked by a family of zombies. The camping trip turns into a fight for their lives as the zombies are part of a ritualistic sacrifice. A Rotten Tomatoes reviewer even said “Would you like your head thoroughly messed with? Then check straight into ‘The Cabin in the The Woods.’” So that sums that up pretty nicely.

The Witches (2020)

Witches in the U.K. are plotting to rid the island of children by turning them into mice. Fortunately for all of the children, one young boy and his grandmother catch wind of the plan. The movie is all about the boy and his grandmother working together to make sure the witches fail in their dastardly plans.

READ: 17 Perfectly Creepy Horror Movies By Latinos To Watch Before You Die

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