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G.I. Jesús - drama DVD review
G.I. JESUS Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 1/2 stars
Actors: Joe Arquette, Patricia Mota, Telana Lynum
Director: Carl Colpaert   Studio: Westlake Entertainment
DVD release: 13 March 2008   Runtime: 100 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD Features: Auditions, Cast & crew bios, Photo gallery, Theatrical trailer

Jesús Feliciano (Joe Arquette) is a soldier coming back from Iraq on leave. He meets his wife and daughter at the airport, and slowly things start to get weird. Not Jacob's Ladder weird, but just a little off. There's a man who keeps getting into Jesús' face. Jesús doesn't remember the man and is too polite to say so at first, but he keeps showing up. Jesús can't quite place him, yet...

Claudia (Patrícia Mota), Jesús's wife, works more hours at the hair salon and business is going well. She's hanging onto the classic American dream, and it's giving her a good ride. Her daughter, Marina (Telana Lynum), is in a good school and seems to be pretty happy: things are coming up for the Feliciano family. Then Jesús finds out he will be returning to Iraq in two weeks.

Jesús considers running to Mexico, where he has citizenship. He was hoping to gain U.S. citizenship after serving in Iraq, but it just doesn't matter to him anymore. Some things are more important. And he should be telling someone about these peculiar hallucinations, but he doesn't.

G.I. Jesús is a fine little film that says something about family, service to one's country, and how one's country will abuse that service. Not too heavy, but just the right touch to do the job right.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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