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With: Kate del Castillo, Adrian Alonso, Eugenio Derbez, Maya Zapata, Gabriel Porras, America Ferrera, Carmen Salinas, Maria Rojo
Written by: Ligiah Villalobos
Directed by: Patricia Riggen
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some mature thematic elements
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
Running Time: 106
Date: 03/18/2013
IMDB

Under the Same Moon (2008)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Pale 'Moon'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

A 9 year-old boy, Carlitos (Adrian Alonso), crosses from Mexico to the U.S. to find his mother (beautiful Kate del Castillo), who has been working illegally in Los Angeles to provide a better life for him. It's another one of those soft, simpleminded imports specifically designed for Western arthouse audiences, with everything spelled out in dialogue; characters tell each other plot details as well as voicing hot-button complaints about the treatment of immigrants. Director Patricia Riggen follows all the usual guidelines, going hand-held for tense scenes, etc., but she does manage to build up suspense as the film reaches its climax. America Ferrara appears in a small part as an American who tries to smuggle Carlitos across for college money.

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