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East Side Story (2006)

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)
Michael Cassidy ...
Dennis
Michael Cormier ...
Dan
Cris Franco ...
Mr. Martinez
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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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7 June 2006 (USA)  »

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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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Diego Campos: Why don't you join me for dinner?
Wesley Henderson: I don't want to impose.
Diego Campos: You're not imposing.
Wesley Henderson: I know you weren't expecting me.
Diego Campos: No, stay. It's no bother.
Wesley Henderson: You sure I won't be a bother?
Bianca Campos: [from another room] Oh, stay already!
Wesley Henderson: Who's that?
Diego Campos: That's my crazy aunt. We keep her locked up.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Excellent - Just Not Incredibly So
12 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very technically well-made film with good pacing and overall good acting, with standout performances from the main females and most of the main male actors. The main problem with the film is the extent to which is borrows from stereotypical sitcom television conventions, down to the nicely packaged happy ending. Boy meets closeted boy, boy dumps closeted boy, boy meets new gay couple on block, one half of the gay couple cheats on partner with boy, purely dramatic devices causes a break-up (which in typical television fashion, the couple didn't actually belong together - not the like the boy and cheating partner do), till finally, again true to TV conventions, all is resolved and happily so, that by the time the end title credits roll, boy ends up with the right half of the couple.

Don't get me wrong, it's a well-made film with some excellent performances. It's definitely a crowd-pleaser and it's sure to be enjoyed by nearly any gay-identified audience member who views it. Apparently, the distributors didn't see any cross-over appeal as the movie seems to be headed to a DVD release without even a cursory theatrical release in some of the major markets where it did not make into (or which do not have) a gay and lesbian film festival.

Definitely worth renting, once the DVD is released, apparently in the next few months, and perhaps even owning. However, comparing this to Brokeback Mountain is definitely not appropriate.


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