Boricua

This colorful, energetic film, the debut of writer-director Marisol Torres, is a frank, affectionate look at Chicago's Puerto Rican community in Humboldt Park, spotlighting four young adults but featuring a host of memorable characters as well. Torres displays effective attention to details about fashion, street slang, food, and music, and her comedy-drama also benefits from a number of first-rate performances. Most of the characters are grappling with issues of assimilation, although there's a hilarious subplot involving a white girl passing for Puerto Rican who develops an obsession with becoming queen of the Puerto Rican Independence Day parade. On a darker note, one young man is compelled to betray his community in order to save his job at a real estate development company, with tragic results. With Eric Aviles, Ramses Jimenez, Aimee Garcia, and Christina De Leon. In English and subtitled Spanish. 108 min.

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