The plane crash that killed rocker Buddy Holly also took the life of Ritchie Valens, a 17-year-old Mexican-American who rocketed to fame with the hit "La Bamba." The film paints a vivid portrait of Valens's modest upbringing and rise to stardom.
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- Luis Valdez
- This movie is
- 1988 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Chinese Simplified, English, Korean, Spanish (Neutral), ThaiClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Everything but the kitchen sink: Two commentary tracks, two music videos and a featurette (oh yeah, and the trailer). Great stuff and for a music based film like this one, it's important to know that it's been remixed superbly for DD 5.1 sound. Great presentation and excellent DVD.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that a central character dies in this movie, although the death occurs off-screen. Also, there are several scenes involving violence, drunkenness, and/or drug use. While Ritchie's courting of Donna is innocent and sweet, his brother is quite the opposite with women. He's violent and a scene implies that he forces sex on his girlfriend. Both that and Ritchie's recurring (and prophetic) dreams of a plane crash will be disturbing to sensitive and younger viewers.
- Sexual Content
- A couple passionately makes out; they are still wearing most of their clothing and are shown from the chest up when they appear to start having sex. Teens kiss and "neck." A character remarks about his girlfriend, "I almost have to rape her just to have sex." The same character takes his younger brother to Tijuana to get him "laid." Prostitutes at a brothel/dance hall line up to be chosen.
- One character in particular has violent, alcohol-fueled flare-ups that include fistfights and brawls with men and violence against his girlfriend -- verbal, physical, and sexual (a rape is implied by not shown). A character has a recurring and increasingly graphic nightmare in which two planes crash in the sky and the fiery wreckage rains down on children in a schoolyard. A main character dies in a plane crash, which takes place off-screen and is handled by radio reports. A folk healer is shown stripping a dead rattlesnake in half.
- Profanity throughout, including "f--k" and "s--t."
- Social Behavior
- Staying true to one's dreams; family loyalty. When a producer asks Ritchie what's more important -- his friends or his music -- Ritchie replies, "My family." Characters are generally good, supportive, and caring people. One character is a violent, alcoholic ex-con who struggles with his behavior throughout the film but appears to be cleaning up his act in the end.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters are shown drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and/or smoking pot. One character sells a friend some marijuana; the kilos are shown taped to his torso under his shirt. The same character often becomes drunk and violent. A character wakes up with a hangover.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it