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I was able to catch Filly Brown this past Wednesday courtesy of AMC Stubs. It`s open to limited release tomorrow April 19th. If you`ve watch the trailer, you can`t help but draw comparisons to Eminem`s 8 Mile. The opening scene is similar with the lead character Majo who later adopts the stage name Filly Brown on a bus passing the downtrodden areas of East LA. Majo is played brilliantly by Gina Rodriguez who it not a natural rapper like Eminem but plays the role like a seasoned professional. Majo is an aspiring hip hop artist who struggles with her family and trying to succeed.
The casting is amazing including Jenni Rivera playing Majo`s incarcerated mother in her first and final film. Jenni Rivera is well known for her singing, unfortunately she along with six others died in a plane crash late 2012. Another standout in the film is Majo`s sister Lupe played by Chrissie Fit. She has some of the best comedic lines and shows a great repertoire with Gina`s character.
Check out the full review on my blog!