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Illegal Tender (2007)

Illegal Tender

Overview


Genre

Drama, Thriller

Release Date

August 24, 2007

MPAA Rating

R

Production Budget

$10 millions

Studio

Universal Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Franc Reyes

Producer

John Singleton

Screenwriter

Franc Reyes

Starring

Story


After the gangsters who killed his father come to settle a score, a teenage boy and his mother turn the tables on the killers. Producer John Singleton ("Four Brothers," "Hustle & Flow") and writer/director Franc. Reyes ("Empire") join forces to tell the story of one Latino family's quest for honor and revenge as the hunted become the hunters in the new thriller "Illegal Tender."

Wilson De Leon, Jr. (Rick Gonzalez) is an exceptional college student with an adoring girlfriend, doting mother and a future full of promise. He has never wanted for anything, and he has never been forced to stand his ground. But when ghosts from his mother's past come back to haunt his present, he must defend his family...and quickly turn into the strong man his father prayed he'd become.

Nothing could stop Wilson's mother, Millie (Wanda De Jesus), from protecting her two boys. Forced to flee her home after gangsters killed her husband, she made an oath to give her children only the best. But all that changes when an enemy from the past catches up with them. It's finally time to take action--and now, they're done running.

Weapons at the ready, Wilson, Jr. and Millie prepare for a final showdown with the murderer who robbed him of a father and her of a husband. Now, in a battle fueled by family ties and blood feuds, it will become very clear what happens when anyone tries to come between this son and his mother.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..incessantly but hotly scored..”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
“..a solid meat-and-potatoes B-movie with enough personality to spin it in unexpected directions..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
“..plays like a mash-up of pulp fiction and telenovela..”
by Joe Leydon [Variety]