I Like It Like That (1994)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Showbiz Drama  |   Release Date - Oct 14, 1994 (USA)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jason Clark

An unsurprising but mostly agreeable first feature from Darnell Martin, I Like It Like That appealingly marks its depiction of a predominately Latino area of the Bronx with honesty and some wit. Its setting lends the film freshness, and Lauren Velez gives a likable, spirited performance as a woman with aspirations to be something other than a harried housewife and mother. A creditable first effort by any standard, the film is on track for most of its running time, but suffers slightly from a silly subplot involving the lead character's music-business employment (and the relationship with her sleazy boss played by Griffin Dunne), which is out of tune with the rest of the picture. Shockingly, this is the first studio-film in history ever to be directed by a Latino woman; happily, it managed to find an audience upon release, giving hope to other female filmmakers with similar ambitions.