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This Christmas, Give These Holiday Movies A Chance To Bring Some Latino Pride Into Your Festivities

‘Tis the season to binge-watch holiday movies with your family over coquito to avoid political discourse, mi gente! Latinos are far from a Christmas classic movie complete with a game of longana, a Tía “Y El Novio?” Marta, and the beauty of how English-speaking American-born nietos and Spanish-speaking immigrant abuelitas always find ways to connect in love over a wide dearth of experiences. We need a movie that revolves around the traditions of Nochebuena and the ritualistic chagrin of how gringos take their trees down on Dec. 26 instead of Jan. 6 as is proper. Still, while we don’t have a mainstream, high-production movie that adequately expresses Latino culture or perspectives, we still have Christmas movies that feature Latino leads living in and navigating a White Christmas, or offer the novela version of a family navidad. 

Here are our tried and true favorite Latino-led Christmas movies.

1. “Nothing Like the Holidays” (2008)

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This one is an oldie but a goodie. Featuring a Puerto Rican family living in Humboldt Park, Chicago, as they spend what would be a classic Nochebuena until threats of divorce are casually mentioned at the dinner table. Directed by Alfredo De Villa, the film features the largest Latino cast to date on a holiday movie with the likes of John Leguizamo, Luis Guzmán, Elizabeth Peña, Alfred Molina, Freddy Rodriguez, Melonie Diaz, Vanessa Ferlito, and Jay Hernandez. Plus, they threw in Debra Messing to play John Leguizamo’s character’s wife, who tries her best to fit in with the family. At one point during dinner, she asks, “Why is everyone fighting?” Leguizamo’s character responds by saying, “They’re not. They’re just conversating.” Welcome to a Puerto Rican Nochebuena. ????

2. “El Camino Christmas” (2017)

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When did Christmas movies become action adventures? Netflix’s 2017 “El Camino Christmas” may not give you those warm holiday spirit fuzzies, but we get to bask in the glory of Jessica Alba and Emilio Rivera’s roles in a misunderstood liquor store hostage situation that does touch on the greater effects of miscommunication around the holidays. Jessica Alba essentially narrates the “Christmas Eve nightmare” where a man searching for his father gets mistakenly apprehended by police in what becomes an escalated situation. Claro, the bodega is owned by Latino Emilio Rivera.

3. “Christmas Bounty” (2013)

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Francia Raisa stars in the ABC Family television film classic of a private school teacher gone bounty hunter. Raisa plays Tory, an elite school teacher engaged to be married around the holidays. Normal, right? Not quite. Turns out, Rory is a retired bounty hunter who is lured out of retirement for one last capture. While trying to maintain a sense of normalcy and keep her secret past under wraps from her fiance, Tory calls up her ex-boyfriend for help with the bounty. A Christmas classic!

4. “This Christmas” (2007)

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“This Christmas” is probably the most realistic depiction of the holidays you’ll find on television, starring Afro-Latinos Laz Alonso and Lupe Ontiveros in an all-Black cast. The story revolves around the Whitfield family as they spend Christmas together for the first time in several years. A novela to end all novelas ensues, with Christmas cheating, the belt version of la chancla, and confessed hidden talents. If you’re looking for validation that yours isn’t the most dysfunctional of all the families, watch “This Christmas.”

5. “Santa Claus” (1959)

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If you understand Spanish or don’t mind English dubbing, “Santa Claus” is a true Mexican classic. What starts out as a delightful look into Santa Claus’s North Pole toy workshop and his “all-seeing eye,” ends up becoming a battle between the devil himself and Santa Claus, with the fate of Christmas at stake. It’s basically the Mexican novela version of The Grinch Stole Christmas, except it’s a far more likely character: El Diablo.

6. “Holiday in Handcuffs” (2007)

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Brace yourself for what, under scrutiny, is a problematic plot during which Melissa Joan Hart’s character kidnaps Mario Lopez’s character to pretend to be her boyfriend at a Christmas family gathering. Because sexually objectifying brown men is the perfect material for a rom-com. Mario Lopez’s character eventually suffers Stockholm Syndrome and falls in love with his captor, leaving his rich fiancé to be with her, months after the kidnapping. If you dissociate from how problematic the movie is, you’ll at least enjoy watching baby Mario Lopez.

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All The Fun Streams Available On Netflix Starting In April

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All The Fun Streams Available On Netflix Starting In April

Spring is officially here and sweeping in with a new bundle of shows and films to binge and watch on Netflix. From the much-anticipated adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone series to a new David Attenborough docuseries, there are tons of shows to look forward to watching this April.

That’s right, spring into action gang, this April has a world of great streams!

April 1

  • 2012
  • Cop Out
  • Friends with Benefits
  • Insidious
  • Legally Blonde
  • Leprechaun
  • Magical Andes: Season 2
  • The Pianist
  • The Possession
  • Prank Encounters: Season 2
  • Secrets of Great British Castles: Season 1
  • Tersanjung the Movie
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family
  • White Boy
  • Worn Stories
  • Yes Man

April 2

  • Concrete Cowboy
  • Just Say Yes
  • Madame Claude
  • The Serpent
  • Sky High

April 3

  • Escape from Planet Earth

April 4

  • What Lies Below

April 5

  • Coded Bias
  • Family Reunion: Part 3

April 6

  • The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You

April 7

  • The Big Day: Collection 2
  • Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute
  • Snabba Cash
  • This Is A Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist
  • The Wedding Coach

April 8

  • The Way of the Househusband

April 9

  • Have You Ever Seen Fireflies?
  • Night in Paradise
  • Thunder Force

April 10

  • The Stand-In

April 11

  • Diana: The Interview that Shook the World

April 12

  • New Gods: Nezha Reborn
  • Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn: Seasons 1-4

April 13

  • The Baker and the Beauty: Season 1
  • Mighty Express: Season 3
  • My Love: Six Stories of True Love

April 14

  • Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!
  • The Circle: Season 2
  • Law School
  • The Soul
  • Why Did You Kill Me?

April 15

  • Dark City Beneath the Beat
  • The Master
  • Ride or Die

April 16

  • Arlo the Alligator Boy
  • Ajeeb Daastaans
  • Barbie & Chelsea The Lost Birthday
  • Crimson Peak
  • Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 4: Mexico
  • Into the Beat
  • Rush
  • Synchronic
  • Why Are You Like This
  • The Zookeeper’s Wife

April 18

  • Luis Miguel – The Series: Season 2

April 19

  • Miss Sloane
  • PJ Masks: Season 3

April 20

  • Izzy’s Koala World: Season 2

April 21

  • Zero

April 22

  • Life in Color with David Attenborough
  • Stowaway

April 23

  • Heroes: Silence and Rock & Roll
  • Shadow and Bone
  • Tell Me When

April 27

  • August: Osage County
  • Battle of Los Angeles
  • Fatma
  • Go! Go! Cory Carson: Season 4

April 28

  • Sexify
  • Headspace Guide to Sleep

April 29

  • Things Heard & Seen
  • Yasuke

April 30

  • The Innocent
  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  • Pet Stars
  • The Unremarkable Juanquini: Season 2

Leaving Netflix in April

April 2

  • Honey: Rise Up and Dance

April 4

  • Backfire

April 11

  • Time Trap

April 12

  • Married at First Sight: Season 9
  • Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning: Season 1

April 13

  • Antidote

April 14

  • Eddie Murphy: Delirious
  • The New Romantic
  • Once Upon a Time in London
  • Thor: Tales of Asgard

April 15

  • Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

April 19

  • Carol
  • The Vatican Tapes

April 20

  • The Last Resort

April 21

  • The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Seasons 1-3

April 22

  • Liv and Maddie: Seasons 1-4

April 23

  • Mirror Mirror

April 24

  • Django Unchained

April 26

  • The Sapphires

April 27

  • Ghost Rider (2007)

April 27

  • The Car
  • Doom

April 28

  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop

April 30

  • 17 Again
  • Blackfish
  • Can’t Hardly Wait
  • Den of Thieves
  • How to Be a Latin Lover
  • I Am Legend
  • Jumping the Broom
  • Kingdom: Seasons 1-3
  • Knock Knock
  • Palm Trees in the Snow
  • Platoon
  • Runaway Bride
  • Snowpiercer
  • The Green Hornet
  • The Indian in the Cupboard
  • Waiting

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A ‘Father Of The Bride’ Sequel Is Officially Coming— And It’s Going To Be Super Cuban-American!

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A ‘Father Of The Bride’ Sequel Is Officially Coming— And It’s Going To Be Super Cuban-American!

Break out the tres leches! It’s gonna be a wedding of “epic proportions!” Cuban-style!

That’s right, the beloved 1991 film Father of the Bride is getting a remake. This time, the film will star 64-year-old actor Andy Garcia, the patriarch of a Cuban American family, struggling to see his daughter walk down the aisle.

Garcia will star in and executive produce the upcoming Warner Bros. remake of Father of the Bride, a story that will follow a Cuban American family.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brad Pitt‘s production company, Plan B will produce the remake with Gaz Alazraki, director of Club de Cuervos, set to helm.

“I’m very excited to join The Father of the Bride, a beloved film that has brought so much joy to so many over the years and to represent my Cuban culture and heritage in this story,” Garcia explained in a statement published by THR. “I commend Warner Brothers for their foresight and celebrate this opportunity they have created.” 

Garcia’s remake is the latest in the franchise, which first came out in 1950 and starred actor Spencer Tracey and Elizabeth Taylor.

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The first film inspired a sequel, also starring Tracey and Taylor, called Father’s Little Dividend. The film was remade forty-years later with Steve Martin and Diane Keaton in the 1991 version. Garcia’s upcoming take will focus on a similar storyline. According to THR, “the latest remake will center on the father of a soon-to-be bride coming to terms with daughters’ nuptials. But the latest take will be told through the relationships in a big, sprawling Cuban-American family.”

The 1991 cast of the film reunited in September for a Netflix special. 

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The feature filmed memorable moments from the Nancy Meyers film and its 1995 sequel Father of the Bride II and showed “the Banks family’s” home in 2020. The reunion was produced to honor the World Central Kitchen amid the pandemic.

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