I Like It Like That

I Like It Like That

5.0 3
Director: Darnell Martin

Cast: Darnell Martin, Lauren Vélez, Jon Seda, Tomas Melly

     
 
A Hispanic woman unexpectedly discovers a new outlook on life after taking a new job in this heartfelt, observant comedy-drama. Young Bronx mother Lisette (Lauren Velez) has enough to deal with without taking a job, as she is struggling to raise her three young children and keep her marriage to bicycle messenger Chino (Jon Seda) afloat. When Chino is jailed after

Overview

A Hispanic woman unexpectedly discovers a new outlook on life after taking a new job in this heartfelt, observant comedy-drama. Young Bronx mother Lisette (Lauren Velez) has enough to deal with without taking a job, as she is struggling to raise her three young children and keep her marriage to bicycle messenger Chino (Jon Seda) afloat. When Chino is jailed after committing a robbery, however, Lisette turns to the want ads to find a new source of income. Expecting a one-time modeling gig, she stumbles into a position as assistant to Stephen Price (Griffin Dunne), a white music executive handling Latino music. Lisette proves a natural at the job, finding a new sense of purpose and self-assurance. Unfortunately, Chino isn't particularly grateful for her efforts, especially after hearing a rumor that Lisette has been cheating on him with Stephen. Director Darnell Martin populates her debut film with a mosaic of colorful supporting characters, ranging from Lisette's transsexual brother (Jesse Borrego) to Chino's meddling mother (Rita Moreno). Though the film presents a relatively old-fashioned story of self-realization, the knowing presentation of a multi-racial Bronx neighborhood enhances its vital feel.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
An unsurprising but mostly agreeable first feature from Darnell Martin, I Like It Like That appealingly marks its depiction of a predominately Latino area of the Bronx with honesty and some wit. Its setting lends the film freshness, and Lauren Velez gives a likable, spirited performance as a woman with aspirations to be something other than a harried housewife and mother. A creditable first effort by any standard, the film is on track for most of its running time, but suffers slightly from a silly subplot involving the lead character's music-business employment (and the relationship with her sleazy boss played by Griffin Dunne), which is out of tune with the rest of the picture. Shockingly, this is the first studio-film in history ever to be directed by a Latino woman; happily, it managed to find an audience upon release, giving hope to other female filmmakers with similar ambitions.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2004
UPC:
0043396042162
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lauren Vélez Lisette Linares
Jon Seda Chino Linares
Tomas Melly Li'l Chino Linares
Desiree Casado Minnie Linares
Lisa Vidal Magdalena Soto
Griffin Dunne Stephen Price
Isaiah Garcia Pee Wee Linares
Jesse Borrego Alexis
Rita Moreno Rosaria Linares
Meg Simon Actor
Vincent Laresca Angel
E.O. Nolasco Tito
Jose Soto Chris
Gloria Irizarry Mrs. Gonzalez
Marina Durrell Cookie
Joe Quintero Pawnbroker
Billy Lux Photographer
Larry Attile Dispatcher
Gino Lucci Price Photo Double

Technical Credits
Darnell Martin Director,Screenwriter
Ann Carli Producer
Theresa Carriker-Thayer Art Director
Scott A. Chambliss Production Designer
H.H. Cooper Asst. Director
Wendy Finerman Executive Producer
Peter C. Frank Editor
Sergio George Score Composer
Susie Goulder Set Decoration/Design
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Sandra Hernandez Costumes/Costume Designer
Rosa Howell-Thornhill Musical Direction/Supervision
Lane Janger Producer
Diana Phillips Co-producer
Meg Simon Casting

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [4:11]
2. Career Opportunities [4:07]
3. Blackout [12:11]
4. Job Hunting [6:13]
5. On Welfare [8:49]
6. Hired [6:58]
7. Bad News [4:22]
8. Playing Him Dirty [9:14]
9. Marking Territory [11:58]
10. Getting Even [9:32]
11. Tough Love [13:12]
12. Second Chance [15:29]

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I Like It Like That 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie when it came out in '94 and I still love it now! Finally, someone got the nerve to do a movie about Latins (mainly Puerto Ricans) that make up a large part of the Latinos nationwide. It shows the struggles as well as the unity and the strength one goes through with family and the community. It's funny, sad and sexy all rolled into one! The music is sweet too. Enjoy! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
finally a movie i can relate to . About growing up in the south bronx with kids and a husband thats good for only one thing sleeping around .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie guys! It has all the essentials, love laughs and sex! There is a message in this movie....check it out guys!!