There’s nothing much new here. But the performances and the milieu make “Filly Brown” an entertaining, honorable installment in a story that is the American Dream incarnate, and has been ever since the first wannabe showed up on Tin Pan Alley at the beginning of the last century.
2 1/2 stars (Grade: C-plus)
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jenni Rivera, Edward James Olmos
Directed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, written by Youssef Delara. A Pantelion release.
Running time: 1:38
MPAA rating: R for language, some drug use and violence