Thursday, September 8, 2016

"No Manches Frida" L.A.'s Premiere Exclusive Photos

By José Alberto Hermosillo,
Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
The Latino moviegoers are hungry for more Latino theme-oriented films and “No Manches Frida” is one of those few movies representing Latinos on the big screen in the United States.

Last week, we had the opportunity attend the L.A. premiere of “No Manches Frida” or in English “W.T.F. Frida” at the L.A. Live in Downtown.  
Omar Chaparro, Martha Higadera. Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
The red carpet of “No Manches Frida” was a lot of fun. 
Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
The main actors, producers, and other Hispanic celebrities paraded in front of more than two dozen reporters and photographers from the local Latino media.

Pantaleon produced this remake of the German film “Suck Me Shakespeer/Fack Ju Göhte” directed by Bora Dagtekin. The Mexican version is directed by Spanish-born Nacho G. Velilla.

In Germany, “Suck Me Shakespeer” had terrible reviews, as one of the worse German films ever, but its success had the producers rush the sequel, a field-trip to Thailand.
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About “No Manches Frida,” the American critics have not said anything negative or positive because they haven't seen the movie. While the audience keeps laughing and enjoying, the movie will continue making money at the box office.
Adal Ramones and his daughter. Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
One of the main reasons to go out to the movies is to laugh and feel good.
Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
And definitely, “No Manches Frida” is a feel good movie.

The band REIK. Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
“No Manches Frida” has a great music score, some of the songs were composed by the renowned and talented Mexican Pop Band REIK (who also appeared in the movie).  
Omar Chaparro, Martha Higadera and REIK. Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
Technically, the movie is well made - the colors are sharp, the editing is fast, the sound is good, and the finishing product is excellent (including credits, publicity, and image). This makes up for the problems with the story, directing and acting. 

Omar Chaparro. Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
The Ex-Con, suddenly turned into a substitute teacher, played by Omar Chaparro (“Strings Attached,” “Compadres”) is flawed and does not stick to the nature of his character. 

The actor's personality stays the same during the entire movie with no room for growth. Even his jokes are out character.
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Chaparro’s performance is very “Fresa” (rich kid) for a “Mara,” (a gang member) but inside the "Frida College" everyone looked very “fresa” (rich kids). 

Chaparro's stuck-up attitude is detracting attention from the viewer who is puzzle trying to follow the story.
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One of the reasons Chaparro was not able to portray a tough teacher was that the director did not create a full bio on the Ex-Con for him to be able to be more credible with his students fearing him.
Omar Chaparro, Martha Higadera, photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyright 2016
On the contrary, the female character that Martha Higadera (“Street Kings,” “Mariachi Gringo,” “McFarland, USA”) played is more moderate, her evolution as a nerdy teacher is slower and more believable. 

Higadera does a good job as the sweetest teacher everybody dreams with.
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The importance of the school’s new gym was not given until the very end. Yes, we know the money is under and the Ex-Con is excavating a tunnel under to reach out for the money, yet nothing happens during the movie inside the gym to create enough tension.

The excess use of profanity, mannerisms and some graffiti on the blackboard can be offensive to some viewers.
Fernanda Castillo ("El Senor de los Cielo"). She rocked the red carpet.
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The most important thing about going out to the movies is to have fun. With “No Manches Frida” people had lots of fun, that is why it is expanding to more theaters because it was a success at the independent box office in North America. 

Other Latino celebrities showed their love for "No Manches Frida" on the red carpet of this amazing premiere were:

Aislinn Derbez ("A la Mala"). Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
Karla Souza "Nosotros los Nobles," Sundown," "¿Qué culpa tiene el niño?").Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016
Aislinn Derbez ("A la Mala") and his father Eugenio Derbez ("Instructions Not Included," "Miracles from Heaven").
Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. 
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"No Manches Frida" LA Premiere Interior Photo by Jose A Hermosillo. © Copyrights 2016


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