I Like It Like ThatDirected by Darnell Martin
Cast: Jon Seda, Tomas Melly, Jessie Borego, Lauren Velez, Griffin Dunne
NYLFF celebrates the 25th anniversary of the beloved classic, I Like It Like That, with a special showcase screening joined by the film’s cast — fully reunited for the first time since its premiere in 1994. The directorial debut of writer/director Darnell Martin, and the first-ever major studio release to be written and directed by an African-American woman, is a charming, funny, and realistic account of a young Hispanic mother trying to contend with life in the Bronx.
Chino (Jon Seda) isn’t the best husband to Lisette (Lauren Vélez). His job as a bicycle messenger can barely support them and their three children, and he’s having an affair with another woman in the neighborhood. After Chino is arrested for looting, Lisette is forced to find work on her own. By chance she happens to land a job as an assistant to a record executive. When Chino gets out of prison, he’s shocked to discover Lisette is a changed woman — one who might not need him anymore.
*Cast is subject to change due to availability.