I saw Maria Full of Grace and it wasn’t bad but I don’t know what everyone is banging on about. It’s an engaging story, but that’s about it. I actually thought it was a very American story, despite its all-Spanish-speaking cast and its setting in Colombia. The plotline was very American to me. I read a review that said it felt like one of the story threads in Traffic expanded into a film, and I agree. And perhaps this is my naivete, but how likely would it be that two mules who ran away with a bunch of heroin would be allowed to live?
(BTW I am secretly excited to use the phrase “banging on”, which I believe is a Britishism and I saw it for the first time over at Hugh’s blog the other day and it made me laugh.)