El Cantante

Based on the true story of the King of Salsa, Hector Lavoe.


El Cantante
JLo and new husband Marc Anthony avoid the Gigli curse to a degree with this biopic about the inventor of the 'salsa' style of latin music. A talented young singer moves to New York from Puerto Rico, where he soon attracts the right kind of attention to kick-start his career. He also attracts a pretty young woman, who makes the mistake of introducing him to drugs. This seduction move backfires as he is soon addicted, and even though they stay together as personal and business partners for over twenty years, the drugs lead to much unhappiness.

115 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language).
Biographical, Drama, Musical, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Perez, Federico Castelluccio, Nelson Vasquez
Director
Leon Ichaso
ScreenplayLeon Ichaso, David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello
MusicWillie Colón, Andrés Levin
CinematographyClaudio Chea
EditingDavid Tedeschi
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2006
Produced byNuyorican Productions, R-Caro Productions

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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
3
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
5
Smoking
5
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
1
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
5


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Diane de Beer
10
Die Burger
Francois Bloemhof
1
Cape Times
Michael Philips quote iconMusic beats plot in this sad tale.
5
The Citizen
Annette Bayne quote iconMore vice than voice
15
24.com
Natalie Sineke quote iconThe fact that Lopez and Anthony are actually married and are in fact both musicians makes it all too loaded and reduces the impact of what is otherwise a dazzling film.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconIf you're a fan of Hector Lavoe and Latin music, or Lopez and Anthony, you'll want to see El Cantante for what's good in it. Otherwise, you may be disappointed.
10
eye Weekly
Philip Brown quote iconThe movie wants to be an honest biopic on pioneering 1970s salsa singer Hector Lavoe, but the stunt casting is so distracting that is hard to think of the characters as anyone other than Lopez and Anthony. El Cantante is a misfire, pure and simple.
5
ScreenIt
quote iconEntertaining to hear but otherwise a by the books biopic about the highs and lows of musical fame.
8
Metacritic.com
24 critics
9
Rottentomatoes critics
91 critics
10
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconEl Cantante adheres to the most basic conventions of the musical biopic, rendering it indistinguishable from others of its ilk.
5

What the People say

Internet
1468 Netizens
10

Average .. 41%

8

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