Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It (2021) Review

Jun 21, 2021 08:36 PM EST
By Alyn Darnay   X Formly Known as Twitter
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See this one, you’ll enjoy it thoroughly.

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It (2021) Review

Rosa Alverío was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, in 1931. She moved with her divorced mother to New York City in 1936 and began her career at the tender age of six as a Spanish Dancer in Greenwich Village Nightclubs. She's had a long and exciting life filled with ups and downs and at 89 years of age is still a strong and vibrant performer.

We know her better as Rita Moreno, the actress, dancer, and singer whose amazing career spans 70 years. She was awarded the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime artistic achievement in 2015 and is one of the few performers who have ever earned an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), the ‘Holy Grail' for anyone in the entertainment business.

She has beaten the odds of a humble upbringing, relentless racism, intolerable sexism, abuse, and personal struggles to open the doors of success for herself and dozens of other Latin performers; she has become a true National Treasure.

This wholly fascinating and entertaining Documentary is her story, told through her and by her with humor, pathos and with her great verve storytelling ability. It's an in-depth glimpse into her life with few punches held back.

The Story…is as advertised, a winsome, sometimes sobering, frank look back into the life, romances, and work of this remarkable artist. It's also a tale of Hollywood and its crushing stereotyping of ethnic minorities that failed to recognize their copious talent and the struggles she and other Latinos faced to overcome it.
Unlike most documentaries of this kind, if there is one, "Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It" is absorbingly pleasurable to watch, filled with fun film clips and interesting conversation. As you might know, Ms. Moreno has appeared in such films as "Singing in the Rain", "The King and I" and "West Side Story" (for which she became the first Latino to win an Oscar), as well as a six-year stint on the children's television series The Electric Company, a six-year stint as Sister Peter Marie Reimondo on the HBO series "Oz", and on stage as Googie Gomez in "The Ritz". All of these fine performances are represented.

As to the little know romance stories, she doesn't shy away from any of them, not even her 7 year, toxic relationship with Marlon Brando. Her whole life is here, perfectly represented by herself. It's like everything else she's done, presented with all the love and talent she has to give, all the way, always.

My Take: See this one, you'll enjoy it thoroughly.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (out of 5)
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, suggestive material, and some strong language including a sexual reference. Running Time: 1hr 30 min.

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MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 90 minutes
Distributed By: Roadside Attractions

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Alyn's acclaimed book, entitled "The Script…A Breakthrough Guide to Scriptwriting", has sold over 16,500 copies nationwide, is currently being translated into several languages, and has the honor of being included in The Library of France in Paris. He has written and sold five original film scripts and been published in Newspapers and National Magazines. In addition, he is a frequent guest lecturer at Film Festivals, Colleges, and Universities, holds scriptwriting and acting seminars for professionals several times a year, and has been a staff professor at both the Miami Film School, and the Florida Film Institute.

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