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Bread And Roses Review


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Not to be confused with Bread and Tulips, this oddly compelling look at illegal immigrant janitors who unionize in San Diego is far more interesting than its plot description. While Adrien Brody is engaging as the brash organizer and Pilar Padilla makes a wonderful impression as an immigrant organizee/love interest, the show is all but stolen by George Lopez's hilariously dead-on turn as the evil janitorial foreman.

Bread & Roses Review


Grim

"Bread and Roses" isn't a movie so much as a political soapbox made of celluloid, so if you lean to the right on unionization and immigrant's rights, you might as well stop reading right here.

Personally, I tend to lean left. But no so far left that I'm ready to embrace this movie's selfish, ungrateful main character just because she makes minimum wage without benefits as a janitor, one month after sneaking over the border.

Maya (Pillar Padilla) is living in Los Angeles on the good graces of her older sister Rosa (Elpidia Carrillo), who helped her get into the country and got her a job cleaning offices in a downtown skyscraper. And even though generous, sacrificial Rosa -- who supports an injured husband and a handful of kids on her meager salary at the same job -- specifically asks her to not rock the boat at work, Maya gets involved with a union organizer named Sam (Adrien Brody) and it isn't long before she's helping lead marches and protests against the building's owners, tenants and contractors.

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