Million To Juan, A

MPAA Rating: PG

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1/2

Having just emigrated from Mexico, Juan Lopez (Paul Rodriguez) is trying to survive by selling oranges on a street corner in East Los Angeles. He also makes regular visits to see Olivia Smith (Polly Draper) at the immigration office trying to qualify to stay in the U. S. Juan is a likable sort who lives in a run-down apartment with his two destitute, comical grown cousins and his 10-year-old son, Alejandro (Jonathan Hernandez). One day, a mysterious, anonymous man hands him a check for $1 million through the window of his limousine. But an attached note says he can't spend it and must return it in 30 days if he wants to receive a gift. So Juan puts the check to good use as collateral and fixes himself and his cousins up with some fine clothes and a Mercedes. Almost overnight, he has lots of friends and plenty of credit. All this leads to many comical, sometimes poignant, incidents. Along the way, Juan and Olivia become attracted to each other. She has some ideas for staying in the U.S. like starting a new restaurant. The big question, though, is whether Juan will be on the street corner in 30 days to return the check. A MILLION TO JUAN is a light hearted, fun film spiced up with some sprightly Mexican music and comical characters.

Juan Lopez is a sensitive, caring soul and dearly loves his young son. They spend time sharing their dreams and talking about Juan's loving deceased wife. He even gets along with his two backward, but humorous cousins. Juan is scrupulously honest and has some second thoughts about buying all the good things he wants with his newfound credit. He doesn't drink or use crude language, and only three slang obscenities mar the film's dialogue. Also, in one of Juan's dreams, Olivia engages in some suggestive movements. Juan's neighbor, Mrs. Gonzalez, insists on praying for him and has a genuine religious faith. A MILLION TO JUAN is a surprisingly sensitive film with many positive features. Only a few sexually oriented remarks and occasional revealing dresses spoil its otherwise wholesome character.

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Samuel Goldwyn Co., 10203 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067-6403

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (5) times, Mild 4, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: Few (3) times (no s-or f-words)

Profanity: Twice - Exclamatory

Violence: Few times - Mild (rough treatment)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near nudity, several times (low cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (references to sexual conduct and female breasts; seductive movements in dream)

Drugs: Several times (cocktail and beer drinking)

Other: Woman prays; good father-son relationship; man displays honesty and doesn't drink

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Intended Audience: Families

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