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Illegal Tender

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Javier Pesquera

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:
64326
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a 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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