Just because you’ve got an evening off and a new boyfriend at your disposal doesn’t mean that you should neglect your girlfriends. Which is why, when an old friend emailed me to ask if I’d go see Chico and Rita with her, I said “yes” without giving it a second thought.
I didn’t bother to ask what it was about; she said it had jazz music in it (which was good enough for me) and given the title, I figured it would be like Lilo and Stitch or Rio.
Well folks, it was not like Lilo and Stitch or Rio.
In fact, there were no animated birds or aliens or animals of any kind.
Chico and Rita were people.
And they got naked.
And they had sex. I know I’m going to sound like Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess for saying this but animated people are not supposed to get naked! And they’re certainly not supposed to have S-E-X.
I was vaguely horrified.
And Rita—well, let’s just say she was no Disney princess.
Serves me right for going to see an unrated animated film.
- Chico and Rita: Rememberance of Cuba’s Musical Past (jonathanmoya.wordpress.com)
- ‘Chico And Rita’: A Latin Love Story Set To Music (npr.org)
- ‘Chico And Rita’ And All That Jazz (npr.org)