Right now this movie is $3.99 on Amazon to stream. It’s awesome if you are looking for a lighthearted, uplifting family friendly romance.
I have read many reviews about this novel being based loosely on Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility, but it seemed to me like it had a bit of Cinderella thrown in for good measure. Two pretty, spoiled and much-loved sisters find themselves penniless in their own home, and at the mercy of a cruel half sister-in-law who is quick to point out their financial situation, and promptly takes their possessions and sends them to live in the basement.
Humiliated and angry, they move into their good-natured aunt’s home in East LA, where they come face to face with their Mexican heritage, of which they’ve always been more than a bit ashamed.
They learn to adapt to life as poor relatives in a busy crowded home, and find heartbreak and love on the process.
The film has a good time poking fun at the clichés and stereotypes of both rich whites and urban Mexicans in America, while emphasizing hope and good relationship between both.
Overall I found it a very positive, uplifting movie. The main stars were all a joy to look at as well, with beautiful modern clothes and traditional ones that were surprisingly often more gorgeous than the designer ones! It was executed without any vulgarity, except for the old family house, which is a silent but always present character itself. As the girls transform into people with depth and love, the house goes from being warm to cold, reflecting its newest owner.