Family Fun Night.

For me, those words bring images of Friday nights filled with board games, movies, and pizza. Of course, FFN does require some preparation.

The most difficult part of FFN, in my opinion, is the preparation. After all, not all movies are family friendly. Of course, a good recommendation can go a long way in this process.

What follows is a good list of movies. This list features both movies in Spanish or, if it is in English, movies featuring Latinx actors.

SUPER LOPEZ

Are you a fan of superhero movies? Are you interested in watching a Spanish language superhero movie? If so, I think you will like this film. This movies takes the Superman trope and makes it funny.

Super Lopez is sent to Earth by his father and mother to prevent him falling in the hands of a villain. In this case, the super baby lands and is raised in Spain. Early on, Super Lopez wants to showcase his alien superhero skills. His father, a Spanish garage owner, explains to him that in Spain mediocrity is preferred. Super Lopez grows up to be a low level manager in a technology company.

Unfortunately, Super Lopez is chased to Earth by an alien supervillain who seeks to return him to the home planet for the purposes of turning him over to her father, the master villain. At age 30, he must achieve his super potential. Here, the story becomes extremely comical and endearing. I highly recommend this movie to all.

EAST SIDE SUSHI

This is a 2014 movie whose storyline features a Mexican-American protagonist who endeavors to break into a career that is plagued with racism and sexism. Sushi chef. The movies ending is beautiful and poignant. It demonstrates the power of human drive to succeed.

COMO CAIDO DEL CIELO

This movie uses Pedro Infante as the central protagonist. For those who might not now, Pedro Infante is the cultural icon in Mexican history that defined for generations what it meant to be a man.

This movie poses the question, could a womanizing former cultural icon return to earth, fix problems for his biggest fan, and earn entry into heaven? In a fun, slightly sexist storyline, the protagonist learns how to become more sympathetic to the women of the world. If this story sounds familiar, it is. It is inspired by “Down to Earth” starring Chris Rock and “Heaven Can Wait” starring Warren Beatty.

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