El Cantante

2007 R 1h 46m DVD

El Cantante

2007 R 1h 46m DVD
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Spanning three decades in the life of salsa great Hector Lavoe -- from his 1963 arrival in New York to his 1993 death from AIDS -- this riveting biopic tells the Puerto Rican singer's story in flashback from the perspective of his Bronx-born wife.
Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Vincent Laresca, John Ortiz, Manny Pérez, Nelson Vasquez, Romi Dias, Federico Castelluccio
Leon Ichaso
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that even though J Lo is popular with younger teens, this isn't a movie for that age group. The characters abuse alcohol, engage in excessive drug use, curse frequently, and generally display self-degrading, suicidal behavior. Many scenes depict explicit drug use and sexual activity, mostly motivated by the mind-altering substances. Though the audience soon understands that there's little hope for Hector Lavoe and his family, the characters themselves seem unable to change their conduct, even at the risk of their own lives and the lives of loved ones. It's a non-stop downward spiral without a happy ending.

Sexual Content

Adulterous behavior, sexual foreplay, and off-camera intercourse; seductive dancing; two adults in a provocative bathtub scene; no actual nudity.


Intense domestic verbal fighting with threat of violence; firearm used for purpose of intimidation.


Continuous use of cursing; "f---k" in all forms is used in almost every scene.

Social Behavior

Leading characters exhibit self-destructive behavior and are hurtful to others; women are treated as sexual objects and abused verbally; drug use shown to destroy relationships, careers, and family.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Both leading characters are drug addicts and are pictured high and/or incapacitated throughout; drugs are clearly ingested and injected in numerous scenes, and use is implied in others; frequent alcohol consumption leads to anti-social and cruel behavior.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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