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East Side Story (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 7 June 2006 (USA)
The arrival of Anglo newcomers to an East L.A. Latino neighborhood rocks the quiet world of a handsome young local who is torn between the family restaurant and life as a big city chef.

Director:

Carlos Portugal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
René Alvarado ... Diego Campos
David Berón ... Pablo Morales
Gladise Jiminez ... Bianca Campos (as Gladise Jimenez)
Steve Callahan ... Wesley Henderson
Cory Schneider ... Jonathan Webber (as Cory Alan Schneider)
Irene DeBari ... Sara Campos (as Irene DeBari)
Luis Accinelli Luis Accinelli ... Don Rogelio
Yelyna De Leon ... Tiffany
Luis Raul Luis Raul ... Salvador
Jason Kordelos Jason Kordelos ... Lowell
Ruben Rabasa ... Efrain Morales
Andrea Zafra Andrea Zafra ... Janice Morales (as Andrea Levin Zafra)
Michael Cassidy Michael Cassidy ... Dennis
Michael Cormier Michael Cormier ... Dan
Cris Franco Cris Franco ... Mr. Martinez
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Storyline

East Side Story is the story of Diego (René Alvarado), a young, closeted Latino, who helps his grandmother (Irene DeBari) run the family restaurant while carrying on a relationship with equally closeted Pablo (David Berón). Diego has long felt trapped by the conservative culture of East LA and plans to move away and open an upscale restaurant, hopefully with his lover, but Pablo views their relationship very differently - a point driven home when he begins dating Diego's Aunt Bianca (Gladise Jimenez). At the same time, Wesley and his boyfriend move in, gentrifying the neighborhood. The attraction between Wesley and Diego is immediate and electric, forcing both men to reexamine their state of affairs. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Love Thy Neighbor...Just Don't Get Caught.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Del otro lado de la historia See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Into Action Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The restaurant in the movie Tio Pepe's is the same restaurant featured on the show East Los High. Since the director for both is Carlos Portugal. See more »

Quotes

Diego Campos: How was Europe?
Bianca Campos: Europe? Honey, I ran out of cab fare in Riverside.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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As gay films go, this one is a winner!
23 November 2008 | by irving-babySee all my reviews

Gay movies very often suffer a lack of funding and subsequent underdevelopment. East Side Story bears no sign of this; the production values are good and the acting is mostly great (the lead actor is particularly good).

Diego is approaching 30, yet his life has consisted of very little outside of working at his family's restaurant in East Los Angeles. After being dumped by his "boyfriend", rather than face the ensuing fall-out over his homosexuality, he resolves to leave LA and make a life for himself in Phoenix. But a brief meeting with his openly gay new neighbours begins opening his mind to the possibilities of life - if he can only have the courage to be who he is.

The blurb for this film claims that it avoids all the clichés, and that is actually true. Just about everything works perfectly in East Side Story, a welcome fact that ensures you concentrate on the emotional journey playing out on the screen. Those who saw "Mambo Italiano" another gay film of high production values (from Canada) may notice some story similarities, but every element is still very valid. Anyone looking for a good gay movie should certainly give East Side Story a go.


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