Spoken Word

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From acclaimed director Victor Nunez ("Ulee's Gold"), SPOKEN WORD tells the story of Cruz Montoya (Kuno Becker, from the "Goal!" trilogy and "From Mexico With Love"), a rock star on the West Coast poetry circuit, where audiences from San Diego to Seattle gather to hear him perform. Just off the road from a successful tour, Cruz gets an unexpected call alerting him that his father, Senior (played by Rubén Blades), is fatally ill. Cruz rushes home to his dying father, a reclusive former schoolteacher still leading a traditional life in their once bucolic mountain valley, now ravaged by poverty, drug abuse, and violence. After years away, Cruz quickly begins to retreat into his troubled former life, managing a Santa Fe hip-hop club owned by a local crime boss, Emilio (Miguel Sandoval, "Bottle Shock" and "Clear and Present Danger"), who Senior used to run with back in the day. Seduced by the fast action and easy money, Cruz loses his poetic voice, his identity, and almost his life, before he finds a way to heal his relationships with his family, his community, and himself. A nuanced depiction of an evolving father-son relationship, SPOKEN WORD depicts the edgy collision of old and new worlds in a rare, authentic portrait of Latino culture in the Southwest, illustrating how cultural roles and machismo can give way when families can move beyond words, both spoken and unspoken, to share the language of their hearts. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Spoken Word

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (7)

  • [A] rich and textured film.

    Aug 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Maddeningly ruled by signposts spotted from miles away.

    Jul 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • Features more cliches than it can comfortably handle and is not helped by its grindingly slow pacing.

    Jul 23, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Strongly acted and beautifully photographed (by Virgil Mirano), "Spoken Word" is a quietly resonant family drama about the tug of old habits and the difficulties of escaping the past.

    Jul 23, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • A uniquely crafted introspective yet profoundly visceral film experience, touching on the healing powers of the music in language.

    Dec 22, 2010 | Full Review…
  • It takes the Mexican-American melodrama Spoken Word a long time to express myriad sentiments that we've heard uttered many times before in many ethnic settings.

    Jul 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Spoken Word

  • Nov 06, 2010
    I really wanted to like this movie... but it was a miss. There is some decent acting, but the rest is over-the-top. It seemed scattered as to what the story was supposed to be about: his drug problem, his family issues with his brother and father, his relationship with girlfriend or the conflict with "the villain". No focus.
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