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La Mission (2010) This old-style life-lesson drama is clearly a labor of love: La Mission was written and directed by Peter Bratt; stars his brother, Law & Order… 2010-04-09 Drama Benjamin Bratt
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La Mission (2010)

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La Mission | FAMILY AFFAIR LA MISSION , starring Benjamin Bratt, was written and directed by the actor's brother Peter Bratt.
FAMILY AFFAIR LA MISSION, starring Benjamin Bratt, was written and directed by the actor's brother Peter Bratt.
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Apr 09, 2010; Genre: Drama; With: Benjamin Bratt

This old-style life-lesson drama is clearly a labor of love: La Mission was written and directed by Peter Bratt; stars his brother, Law & Order alum Benjamin Bratt (who also produced); and is set in San Francisco's Mission barrio, where the Bratts grew up. The warmth comes through, even if the storytelling is simplistic and clichéd. Bratt plays a tough, widowed, recovering-alcoholic father and man-about-the- neighborhood who has serious trouble accepting that his teenage son (Jeremy Ray Valdez) is gay. As a strong, independent black woman renting an apartment in the building, Erika Alexander provides additional feminist lessons in consciousness raising. C+

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Originally posted Apr 07, 2010 Published in issue #1098 Apr 16, 2010 Order article reprints