Selena

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Released 1997

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Director:
Gregory Nava
Released:
1997
Rating:
PG
Selena is a 1997 biographical film about Selena Quintanilla, a popular Latina singer who became a star in the Tejano music scene and was poised for international celebrity when her life was cut short in 1995. The movie opens as the adult Selena (Jennifer Lopez) sings at a sold-out concert at the Houston Astrodome and then flashes back to Selena's childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas. Selena learns English as her first language and only later learns to speak Spanish. Despite her shortcomings in the Spanish language and the challenges she will face in the male-dominated Tejano music industry, the young Selena (Becky Lee Meza) is encouraged by her father, Abraham (Panchito Gomez), to develop her musical talent and create a band. When Abraham hires Chris Perez (John Seda) to join as a guitarist, Chris and Selena fall in love despite Abraham's objections. Selena becomes more and more popular, but a conflict with her fan club's president, Yolanda Salvidar (Lupe Ontiveros), threatens to unravel her success.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Selena is in part a completely predictable Latino soap opera that should satisfy those who complain they aren't making movies like they like used to.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Although Nava's screenplay hits the subject of every scene right on the head and doesn't ask for much subtlety or subtext, Lopez is wonderful to watch in the dramatic sequences as ...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    On its own good-natured terms, Selena' is both pleasant to watch and instructive in familiarizing a movie audience with the Texan-Mexican borderland music known as Tejano.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Selena Quintanilla-Perez

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

Abraham Quintanilla

Lupe Ontiveros

Lupe Ontiveros

Yolanda Saldivar

Jacob Vargas

Jacob Vargas

Abie Quintanilla

Jon Seda

Jon Seda

Chris Perez

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Categories

Arts, Drama, Music

Themes

Biography, Latino Dramas, Historical