Javier Pesquera
Marc Bernardin
August 22, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Illegal Tender

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/24/07
performer
Wanda De Jesus, Rick Gonzalez, Dania Ramirez
director
Franc Reyes
distributor
Universal
author
Franc Reyes
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an C+

There’s a moment, early on in Illegal Tender, when Wilson (Rick Gonzalez), an entitled college whiz, follows his widowed mother (Wanda De Jesus) into the basement of their lush Connecticut manse, where she opens a safe and unloads a cache of guns. This is her secret: that they’ve been on the run for 20 years because of something his late father, a ”noble” drug dealer, did. For a second, the movie has the snap of a truly surprising thriller — like a Hispanic Kill Bill — about an aging lioness willing to kill to protect her cub. But then we go back to following the kid, who manages to both mope and strut along the path to manhood.

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