Jennifer Lopez received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Selena Quintanilla, the real-life Mexican-American singer who topped the charts in the United States and beyond before she was murdered at age 23. The story, directed by Gregory Nava, reveals Selena's secret marriage to guitarist Chris Perez (Jon Seda) as well as her conflicts with her overly possessive manager/father (Edward James Olmos).
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- Gregory Nava
- This movie is
- 1998 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Selena is a 1997 movie is based on the life of the popular singer who was killed in 1995. Kids may ask questions about the events surrounding her murder. It isn't shown, but one character does hold a gun to her own head. A character says "s--t" and "damn" in frustration. Non-Latinos are referred to as "gringos" in a few scenes. Selena wears some skimpy tops on stage. There's a barroom brawl and a near stage collapse. For aspiring musicians, this movie shows the amount of work, dedication, and perseverance it took Selena and her family to find success. This movie also shows the sexist and racist attitudes Selena had to transcend as a Mexican-American female lead vocalist.
- Sexual Content
- Kissing between two main characters who later get married; an unidentified couple is shown kissing passionately at a fair. Selena wears some skimpy tops on stage.
- It's not shown, but we learn through news reports that a character has fatally shot someone; she's then shown holding the gun to her own head. We briefly see the victim being carried to an ambulance on a stretcher. Early in the movie, a barroom brawl ensues when a Mexican-American doo-wop group performing in a predominantly Mexican-American club in Texas in the early 1960s doesn't play the type of music the patrons want to hear. A stage nearly collapses during a concert.
- A character says "s--t" and "damn" in frustration. Non-Latinos are referred to as "gringos" in a few scenes. "Caca."
- Social Behavior
- Assumptions such as "Women are not successful in music," "Girls don't play drums," and "Mexican-American performers cannot crossover to find a wider audience in the United States" dispelled through the actions and talents of Selena, her family, and her band.
- A bag of Doritos and a can of Coca-Cola are visible in separate scenes. Signs for Bank One hang prominently from the rafters of large concerts. The guitarist of the band wears a Jose Cuervo T-shirt and later wears a Jose Cuervo hat. A six-pack of Bud Light is plainly visible in a hotel room.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Beer drinking in a rough-and-tumble bar in the early 1960s; patrons act drunk and throw bottles at the performing band. A hard-rock band is shown trashing a hotel room; empty beer bottles are strewn throughout the room.
- 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