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Story

Marisa Tomei releases her inner spitfire in The Perez Family. Dottie Perez (Tomei) comes to the U.S. from Cuba, along with a mixed lot of criminals, lunatics, and political prisoners--including Juan Perez (Alfred Molina), who hopes to be reunited with his wife after 20 years. To work around the bureaucratic politics of the refugee camps, Dottie persuades Juan to pretend that they're married, and drafts a few other Perezes to create a family. Meanwhile, Juan's wife Carmella believes that Juan never arrived and is finally letting go of his memory, helped by the attentions of a Miami police detective (Chazz Palmintieri). Tomei's sexy passion sometimes spills over into silliness and the story unfolds erratically, but the examination of how love grows and how love fades is sincere and affecting. The actors are charismatic, the music's fantastic, and Tomei wears many skimpy outfits. Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding). --Bret Fetzer

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Marisa TomeiDorita Evita Perez
Alfred MolinaJuan Raul Perez
Anjelica HustonCarmela Perez
Chazz PalminteriLt. John Pirelli
Trini AlvaradoTeresa Perez
Celia CruzLuz Pat
Diego WallraffAngel Diaz
Ellen CleghorneOfficer Rhoades
Angela LanzaFlavia
Bill SageSteve Steverino
Vincent GalloOrlando

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Mira Nair
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 12, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 1, 2003
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