`Quinceanera' is sometimes too forgiving

review B

September 15, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

Quinceanera may be the year's most nonjudgmental film, and therein lies both its greatest strength and most naggingly troublesome weakness.

The movie should be admired for embracing all of its characters, all of whom are either seriously flawed or have made some less-than-wise life choices. At the same time, there's the sense that forgiveness comes, perhaps, a little too easily in the world of this film, that its makers see consequences as something that should be endured, not learned from. In the real world, flaws can be both overlooked (by those sitting in judgment) and overcome (by those who are flawed). Quinceanera gets the first half of that notion, but gives short shrift to the second half.

Quinceanera (Sony Pictures Classics) Starring Emily Rios, Jesse Garcia, Chalo Gonzalez. Written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. Rated R. Time 90 minutes

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