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East Side Story (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 7 June 2006 (USA)
The arrival of Anglo newcomers to an East L.A. Latino neighborhood rocks the quiet world of a handsome young local who is torn between the family restaurant and life as a big city chef.

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Bianca Campos (as Gladise Jimenez)
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Jonathan Webber (as Cory Alan Schneider)
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Sara Campos (as Irene DeBari)
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Yelyna De Leon ...
Tiffany
Luis Raul ...
Salvador
Jason Kordelos ...
Lowell
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Efrain Morales
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Janice Morales (as Andrea Levin Zafra)
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Dennis
Michael Cormier ...
Dan
Cris Franco ...
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East Side Story is the story of Diego (René Alvarado), a young, closeted Latino, who helps his grandmother (Irene DeBari) run the family restaurant while carrying on a relationship with equally closeted Pablo (David Berón). Diego has long felt trapped by the conservative culture of East LA and plans to move away and open an upscale restaurant, hopefully with his lover, but Pablo views their relationship very differently - a point driven home when he begins dating Diego's Aunt Bianca (Gladise Jimenez). At the same time, Wesley and his boyfriend move in, gentrifying the neighborhood. The attraction between Wesley and Diego is immediate and electric, forcing both men to reexamine their state of affairs. Written by Anonymous

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Love Thy Neighbor...Just Don't Get Caught.

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Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated
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Del otro lado de la historia  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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The restaurant in the movie Tio Pepe's is the same restaurant featured on the show East Los High. Since the director for both is Carlos Portugal. See more »

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Jonathon Webber: Wes, honey, you better get dressed. Adam and Steve are going to be here soon. Or is it Steve and Adam? The top usually goes first.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Fun little independent film
11 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Diego (Rene Alvaredo) is almost 30, living in east LA with his grandmother (Irene DeBari), helps run a family restaurant, has no friends and has an unhappy relationship with a VERY closeted real estate agent (David Beron). Diego also is in the closet but wants to come out. Then a gay couple move next door--and Diego falls for one of them (Steve Callahan).

This is extremely light and a little lacking in plot--but how many movies to we see about a gay Latino man falling in love and struggling to come out? It's well-directed, moves very quick and has a very good attractive cast. Alvaredo and Callahan are (to put in mildly) very handsome with nice bodies...but they also can act. Also DeBari is excellent as Diego's grandmother--her and Alvaredo play off each other perfectly. Also Gladys Jimenez (as Bianca Campos--an aunt) comes roaring out full force. She has the funniest lines ("A four way is not an orgy!") and plays them full tilt. I also have to admit more than a few moments had my audience choking up--Diego's wanting to come out is sometimes painful to watch and DeBari's total acceptance of him is very moving.

My only complaints are the plot is kind of sketchy, the ending is way too unbelievable (this one pushes for a happy one) and the two main villains in this (Pablo and Wesley's lover Jonathan) are so vicious it gets uncomfortable. And we're supposed to believe a hot young guy like Diego has NO friends??? Still this is fun, light and also includes some very passionate guy on guy kissing. Recommended.


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