Illegal Tender

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Released 2007

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Director:
Franc. Reyes
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
Illegal Tender is a 2007 thriller about a young man's quest for revenge after his father is murdered. Wilson De Leon, Jr. (Rick Gonzalez) seems to be living the life of a typical college student, complete with a supportive girlfriend (Dania Ramirez) and doting mother (Wanda De Jesus). However, he has always been known as a weak person due to the fact that he never stood up to the thugs who killed his father. One day, those same gangsters make a return visit to Wilson's home with the intention of finishing off the rest of the family. However, they meet a new man who is willing to risk it all in order to preserve the life his mother has created for him and to honor his fallen father. Mother and son combine their wits to try to settle the score and at the end, they fight to find the strength to finally confront their past and put it to rest.

Metacritic Score

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    As it is, Illegal Tender works as a melodrama, and it benefits enormously from the performance of Wanda DeJesus.

  • 60

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Too muted to have much lasting impact, and remains modestly diverting only on a scene-to-scene basis. There's no quotable dialogue, no standout action sequence, no flashy supportin...

  • 30

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Luridly earnest and laughably immoral, Illegal Tender is an old genre movie with a new look. Call it Hispanixploitation.

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    Thrillers, Crime