Daniel loves making movies and his hero is film director Robert Rodriguez. He discovers a national short film contest in a magazine and enlists the help of three of his friends to produce the film. The group sets out to make the best film possible but run into hurdles along the way. Clown robbers and a wealthy heiress will stop at nothing to get the Black Widow Diamond.
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My family couldn't wait for this DVD to arrive, we saw it in the theater and loved it. Now that that we have the DVD, the kids watch it over and over, they love the dialogue, the characters, and the story. This is a family-friendly action/comedy/drama with intrigue and lots of quotable lines your kids will repeat ("Wow, this is INTENSE!") I was especially impressed with the quality of acting and cinematography in a film made on a shoestring budget. One note: two characters wear clown masks in some scenes, so that could be a little scary for very young kids. My 7 yr old has a slight fear of clowns, but once she saw scenes of them w/out their masks, she was fine with it, especially because they aren't scary at all, just bumbling. My kids want to see a sequel!!
"Chasing Rodriguez" is a movie for everyone -- everyone who enjoys a good, fast-paced action movie that can be watched with the whole family. The teenagers in the movie are extraordinary -- energetic, funny, and real. We care about the movie because we care about them. This is good movie-making. The humor in the movie is honest and real and helps propel the story. If you have children from ages 5 to 18, get this movie, sit down with them and a giant popcorn, and enjoy it together.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2012
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We also saw this in the theater, twice! My kids liked it so much the first time they insisted on going to see it again. It's a great family film, with action, comedy and drama. There is no violence or bad language. (the most violent is a couple of pointed guns, but no one gets shot or hurt.) Support independent film making and buy this movie!
Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2012
Never before has such a touching, heartwarming film succeeded so well as both a captivating family film and an thrilling adventure. It finds its way into the hearts of people from all walks of life and fills their soul with happiness and joy.
Most masterful of all was the cinematography. Scenic landscapes and a deep focus allow the viewer to take in the breadth and beauty of the Northern California setting and drives us deeper into the film's world.
The bumbling antagonists are a particular delight. Not since the Marx Brothers has such quickfire dialogue and physical comedy been used to such spectacular effect.
This film has it all: Passion, action, stunts, comedy, and grumpy old guys playing chess in a park. It makes me want to have kids just so I could share it with them. In fact, I went 'round the local middle school and asked if any of them wanted to come over and watch it. I just got a lot of funny looks and kids turning and running away screaming excitedly. Presumably to steal their parents' credit cards and order their own copy. Glad I could help!