Mariachi Gringo

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Tired of small-town America, Edward (X-Men's Ashmore) heeds the experiences of a wizened local mariachi and heads to Mexico in search of a more fulfilling life as a musician.


Notwithstanding its reliance on stereotype and contrivance, this genial rite of passage takes the music and culture seriously, as fragile slacker Shawn Ashmore strives to become a mariachi. Moreover, it passes some sly comments on America’s relationship with Mexico.

A road trip movie filled with simple pleasures. Ashmore does a solid job as a mariachi musician without a single grenade-launcher in his guitar case.