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Plot, Details & Awards

I Like It Like That

Rated R for lots of language and strong sexuality.

R In Theaters 10/14/1994 , 105min.
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Plot & Details

A Hispanic woman unexpectedly discovers a new outlook on life after taking a new job in this heartfelt, observant comedy-drama. Young Bronx mother Lisette (Lauren Velez) has enough to deal with without taking a job, as she is struggling to raise her three young children and keep her marriage to bicycle messenger Chino (Jon Seda) afloat. When Chino is jailed after committing a robbery, however, Lisette turns to the want ads to find a new source of income. Expecting a one-time modeling gig, she stumbles into a position as assistant to Stephen Price (Griffin Dunne), a white music executive handling Latino music. Lisette proves a natural at the job, finding a new sense of purpose and self-assurance. Unfortunately, Chino isn't particularly grateful for her efforts, especially after hearing a rumor that Lisette has been cheating on him with Stephen. Director Darnell Martin populates her debut film with a mosaic of colorful supporting characters, ranging from Lisette's transsexual brother (Jesse Borrego) to Chino's meddling mother (Rita Moreno). Though the film presents a relatively old-fashioned story of self-realization, the knowing presentation of a multi-racial Bronx neighborhood enhances its vital feel.

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Darnell Martin Nominated
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Jon Seda Nominated
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actress Lauren Vélez Nominated
1994 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Alexander Gruszynski Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 New York Film Critics Circle Best New Director Darnell Martin Won

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