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Illegal Tender (2007) There's a moment, early on in Illegal Tender , when Wilson (Rick Gonzalez), an entitled college whiz, follows his widowed mother (Wanda De Jesus) into… 2007-08-24 R PT108M Drama Mystery and Thriller Wanda De Jesus Rick Gonzalez Dania Ramirez Universal
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Illegal Tender (2007)

MPAA Rating: R

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PISTOL-PACKIN' MAMA Wanda De Jesus (pictured, with Rick Gonzalez) brings a little firepower to Illegal Tender 's mostly meandering coming-of-age tale
Image credit: Javier Pesquera
PISTOL-PACKIN' MAMA Wanda De Jesus (pictured, with Rick Gonzalez) brings a little firepower to Illegal Tender's mostly meandering coming-of-age tale
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Aug 24, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 108 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Wanda De Jesus and Rick Gonzalez; Distributor: Universal

There's a moment, early on in Illegal Tender, when Wilson (Rick Gonzalez), an entitled college whiz, follows his widowed mother (Wanda De Jesus) into the basement of their lush Connecticut manse, where she opens a safe and unloads a cache of guns. This is her secret: that they've been on the run for 20 years because of something his late father, a ''noble'' drug dealer, did. For a second, the movie has the snap of a truly surprising thriller — like a Hispanic Kill Bill — about an aging lioness willing to kill to protect her cub. But then we go back to following the kid, who manages to both mope and strut along the path to manhood.

Originally posted Aug 22, 2007 Published in issue #951 Aug 31, 2007 Order article reprints