A Better Life Tackles Our Troubled Immigration Policy

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A Better Life is Chris Weitz's finely done neorealistic film about a Mexican immigrant's poignant attempts to build a better life for his son in L.A.

At a luncheon yesterday, Weitz (About a Boy) told me that nobdy wants to talk about the problems with the immigration system.

Except the Republican candidates, he added, "who are falling over themselves to say the worst things about undocumented immigrants. Now that Osama is inconveniently dead, they've seized upon illegals as the threat."

"It's false economics," he went on, "because big business loves illegal immigrants. I hate to say this, but the guys taking the plates away here or filling the water glasses are doing the jobs your average American doesn't want to do."

"You mean that busboy over there is illegal?" I asked, eyes popping.

"I'm not gona ask," said Weitz, a charmer. "I go with 'don't ask, don't tell' when it comes to this."

P.S.: His mother happens to be Susan Kohner from Imitation of Life! And she was there! I asked!

And when Rutanya Alda (Carol Ann from Mommie Dearest) told Chris that Imitation of Life is a terrific five-hankie film, he corrected, "Six hankie."



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yes immigration more powerful for who want to settled in abroad, that kind of peoples getting more trouble.

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Belinda
Belinda

I was blown away by this movie!! I was really hoping this movie would open up a national conversation about the issue of immigration! There are very few movies that have touched me as deeply as this one and hope it gets a much wider audience now that it's on DVD!

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Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Those Weitz boys are talented and attractive.

And they come from Hollywood royalty, not only  fabu Mom Susan Kohner from "Imitation of Life" (who was pretty sensash when she committed suicide by drinking furniture polish in ANOTHER Lana Turner melodrama, "By Love Possessed"), but  their grandparents, Latina lovely Lupita Tovar, who starred in the Spanish language "Dracula" -- filmed on the same Universal sets as Bela Lugosi's version, at NIGHT! -- and one of the first Hollywood super-agents, Paul Kohner, who represented everyone, including -- wait for it --- Lana Turner.

Yes, I'm queer for Lana and I don't care who knows it!

She was the Kevin Bacon of her generatioin. Six degrees of Lana!

Dilys
Dilys

And I love that Carol Ann from Mommie Dearest was talking to Susan Kohner's son.

Wings
Wings

His mother is Susan Kohner??? Love it!!

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