Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 101 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 13+. The film is about civil rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez, so it focuses mostly on the showdown between farm workers and farm owners in the 1960s and 1970s, with some violence between the two groups. Workers are attacked, mocked, and killed, and there’s some racist language, cursing, and disrespectful slang.
‘Cesar Chavez’ feels like a wasted opportunity. With too little context on the civil rights activist’s early life and too streamlined of an overall narrative, the film fails to really build up momentum throughout, spending too much time in a ho-hum middle ground.
By Roxana Hadadi
Biopic “Cesar Chavez,” directed by Diego Luna (of “Casa de Mi Padre” and “Contraband”), written by Keir Pearson and Timothy J. Sexton, and starring Michael Peña (of “Tower Heist” and “30 Minutes or Less”), feels like a wasted opportunity. The tale of the civil rights activist’s life is too neatly portrayed, too proper and streamlined, and feels more like an after-school special than an actual analysis of a real person. Chavez was a hero, no doubt. But “Cesar Chavez” doesn’t give you anything else about him.