Los Lobos de Washington (1999) from Tuna

Los Lobos de Washington (1999) is a made for TV Spanish thriller. Although the cast included real talent, the plot and budget gave them little or nothing to work with. The title, Washington Wolves, refers to a circus that keeps intersecting with the plot, but really has nothing to do with it. Alberto (Javier Bardem) and Miguel (Alberto San Juan) own a bar, but not a very successful one. They both need money. Alberto is divorced and alcoholic, and Miguel is planning on skipping town with Alberto's ex wife and son. They decide to scam their old rich friend Claudio (Josť Sancho). Claudio's wife, Vincenta N'Dongo, is also planning on stealing the money.

NUDITY REPORT

N'Dongo showed bush and buns in a well-lit scene, but didn't even come close to breast exposure.
not available in Region 1
For me, the plot rambled aimlessly about, there were no characters to root for or against, and there was no real suspense. The entire film takes place in one night, and is dark beginning to end.  

The Critics Vote

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  • Eduard Fernandez was nominated for the Goya for Best New Actor

The People Vote ...

  • with their dollars: made for TV
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a D+.

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