I knew from the moment I saw the trailer that this was going to be great movie. After a long day I stuck around for the last movie of the first day of the Urbanworld Film Festival, a coming of age drama, disguised as a love story. I bragged to those around me that, ‘this is gonna be good,’ and thankfully Mamitas doesn’t disappoint.
The story follows a young Hispanic high school senior in California dealing with common issues of deliquency, female drama and all types of issues behind closed doors at home. While it sounds like a story you’ve heard before, its unlike anything I’ve ever seen on screen, on stage or anywhere else. The writing is amazing and its all so real, without missing a beat in terms of flow.
The acting is another amazing element of the film, led by the young and talented EJ Bonilla. Meeting him in person after the film he deserves double the kudos because while he is hispanic, that appears to be the only connection to the character he plays. He even informed us that he had to go undercover in a high school in Cali just to get the accent and attitude down.
Mamitas ended up winning the award for Best Narrative Feature at the Urbanworld Film Festival. I can’t wait til it makes it to theaters nationally, hopefully by then everyone will also be able to proclaim, ‘this is a great movie!’
Mamitas receives a PARLÉ
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