A macho ex-convict (Benjamin Bratt) in San Francisco has difficulty accepting the fact that his only son (Jeremy Ray Valdez) is gay.
" The movie might suffice on late-night cable, but it is hardly worth big-screen prices. "
" As subtle as a face-punch, La Mission nobly continues a necessary conversation about homophobia, but paves the way to hell with its own good intentions. "
" Benjamin Bratt brings his A-game to a difficult, potentially cliched role. "
" The warmth comes through, even if the storytelling is simplistic and cliched. "
" The problem is that the screenplay to La Mission should never have gone before the cameras in this condition. "
" Observing the phases both father and son endure as they try to forgive and prioritize in order to survive makes La Mission a poignant and unusual film, one that you won't soon forget. "
" I don't require acceptance and reconciliation, and La Mission is forthright in avoiding easy answers. But does the screenplay shortchange Che by painting him more broadly at the film's end than he seemed at the beginning? "
" Bratt's performance suggests enough subcutaneous rage to give the proceedings an edge, even when the sluggish narrative takes the slow-cruise ethos of its low-rider culture far too literally at times. "
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