“Lowriders”, Cars could easily have been the stars of “Lowriders,” but the film makes them supporting players in a family drama that’s a mix of strong scenes and shopworn ones punctuated by clichés. The story has a boilerplate quality to it — father with a drinking problem; a pair of polar-opposite brothers — yet a standout performance by Theo Rossi (“Sons of Anarchy”) as the black sheep of the family overcomes a lot of the film’s flaws.
The title refers to the car culture that took hold among Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles and elsewhere, centered on custom-made vehicles built low to the ground and outfitted with hydraulic lifts. Miguel (Demián Bichir), a pivotal member of a car club called the Coasters, is preparing his vehicle for a high-stakes competition. His reluctant assistant is his younger son, Daniel (Gabriel Chavarria), who would rather be honing his considerable skills as a graffiti artist than working on cars.
Miguel once hoped that Daniel’s brother, Francisco (Mr. Rossi), would be the one to aspire to lowrider greatness, but Francisco ended up in prison instead. He completes his long sentence just before the big car competition, and both Daniel’s and Miguel’s lives are complicated by his reappearance. Also complicating things is that Miguel has remarried since the boys’ childhoods; Eva Longoria is underused as his current wife.
There’s nothing subtle about this examination of cultural and generational clashes, and sometimes the director, Ricardo de Montreuil, and the screenwriters, Elgin James and Cheo Hodari Coker, veer into cliché land. They do a nice job, though, of slipping in explanatory tidbits to help along those unfamiliar with the lowrider world.
#4 A great release date: June 9, 2017
Custom cars bounced their way to the 19th annual Blessing of the Lowriders in Detroit's Springwells Village on Sunday afternoon. Car owners and their families gathered along Lawndale St. in the heart of Detroit's Hispanic immigrant community after the annual Cinco De Mayo Parade to have their lowriders blessed for the car cruising season. "Detroit Tigers have opening day. This is lowrider opening day. This is where they get their cars blessed for the upcoming lowrider season," said Blessing of the Lowriders Founder Victor Villalobos. "For the many miles they are going to put their cars, for the many shows they will attend. Just to keep them, their cars and their family safe for the season.
Today, we follow in the mission of Jesus Christ by bringing together people of different socio-economic, cultural and racial backgrounds in the name of two common passions, well three really: Lowriders, breakdancing and cumbia.
With water blessed by Pastor Cummings, the Arellano Cruz family blessed each car while singing of "Amen." The family-friendly event has expanded in recent years with more customized bicycles, over 20 cars from 4 different regional clubs, music from Cumbia Poder, breakdancers and food.
The Sons of Anarchy star sat down with People Now to talk about his latest movie, Lowriders, which focuses on a family steeped in the car culture of East L.A. — while trying to outmaneuver some unsavory criminal elements.
Last year was a huge one for Rossi, who starred in the Netflix smash Luke Cage as well as the psychological thriller When the Bough Breaks. For 2017, Rossi was ready for a new challenge. In Lowriders, the 41-year-old plays Ghost, a young man recently released from prison after getting caught up in the lowrider car culture of his hometown. It’s up to Ghost to reconnect with his family, starting with his mom, played by Eva Longoria.