El Cantante

El Cantante
El Cantante
  • R
  • 1h 56m
  • 2007
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Superstars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony headline a film as emotional, powerful, and driving as the man and music whose story it tells, Héctor Lavoe and the Salsa his voice brought to the world -- El Cantante. It's the 1970s, and Salsa is exploding on the world with a Nuyorican sound from the streets of Spanish Harlem that blends Latin, Jazz and African American rhythms and harmonies. Riding the rocket of sudden stardom, Lavoe (Anthony) becomes the voice of the new sound, even as he struggles with personal demons and addictions. Only Lavoe's wife, Puchi (Lopez--Selena), whose devotion has put Lavoe on the path to superstardom may be able keep him from self-destruction in the face sudden fame.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: El Cantante adheres to the most basic conventions of the musical biopic, rendering it indistinguishable from others of its ilk.
Time Out
Ben Kenigsberg

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Melissa Anderson

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Wally Hammond

This messy, maudlin portrait of the decline and decline of Puerto Rico-born salsa star Hctor Lavoe...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Mark Lepage

El Cantante has to legitimize its subject before it can immortalize him; and in the effort, it mak...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Another singer self-destructs, to a Latin beat.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though J Lo is popular with younger teens, this isn't a movie for that age group. The characters abuse alcohol, engage in excessive drug use, curse frequently, and generally display self-degrading, suicidal behavior. Many scenes depict explicit drug use and sexual activity, mostly motivated by the mind-altering substances. Though the audience soon understands that there's little hope for Hector Lavoe and his family, the characters themselves seem unable to change their conduct, even at the risk of their own lives and the lives of loved ones. It's a non-stop downward spiral without a happy ending.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:August 3, 2007
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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