Shake Your Bon-Bon

Chock-full of feisty-frank go-girl sextalk speculating on white guys' underplayable size (a myth vanquished by Scott Bakula's unsheathed—though unseen—épée), Luminarias can give the impression of Latino drag queens ad-libbing between lip-synch numbers. Four Latina professionals have interclass and interracial romantic skirmishes (including a Jewish lawyer and a Salvadoran waiter), eventually becoming worldly wise. It looks better than it should considering the microbudget, though the flying camera is bouncing around an L.A. checklist of clunky issues. Still, in some moments—as when Andrea (writer Evelina Fernández) and Joseph (Bakula) reprise the old "jew"/"you" pronunciation gag (also a staple of Charo's banter with Jerry Lewis on his telethon)—Luminarias can produce conversations somewhat more lifelike than the Lifetime channel.


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Luminarias
Directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela
Written by Evelina Fernández
A New Latin release
Opens October 6

Bootmen
Directed by Dein Perry
Written by Steve Worland
A Fox Searchlight release
Opens October 6

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