This Week’s Rental Recommendation: ‘A Better Life’

A raw, emotional roller-coaster ride that spotlights U.S. naturalization the same way that “Waiting for Superman” educated & provoked discussion on U.S. public schools.  – REEL BRIEF

One of my Top 10 movies from 2011…

‘A Better Life’ is about an illegal Mexican worker who struggles to survive and raise his teenage son in the shadows of Los Angeles.

A superb cast with powerful performances–especially from Oscar-nominated (Best Actor) Demian Bichir as the father.  This movie takes viewers on a very heartfelt journey through the difficulties facing millions of people. Although illegal immigration is always at the forefront, this film is more about a father’s attempt to live the American Dream and exemplify his hard work ethic to his son. The movie shows us that great parents, regardless of ethnicity or race, will always try to give their kids a better life; and sometimes that can take its toll.

Grade: A-

A Better Life

Rated PG-13 for some violence, language and brief drug use. Running time is 98 minutes.

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