Immigration Tango

A sprightly, pedestrian romantic comedy whose utter predictability feels more cozy than disappointing.

Two couples switch partners in bids for green cards in director David Burton Morris’ “Immigration Tango,” a sprightly, pedestrian, Miami-set romantic comedy whose utter predictability — trumpet fanfares couldn’t announce plot twists more blatantly — feels more cozy than disappointing. Though the actors don’t flesh out or particularly fit their roles, they seem perfectly at ease with them and with each other. That makes “Tango” good filler for cable, where the presence of Carlos Leon (better known as the father of Madonna’s child than as a thesp) and a sprinkling of Spanish dialogue could pique crossover interest.

With their visas due to expire, Russian student Elena (Elika Portnoy, who also produced) and her Colombian b.f., Carlos (Leon), reluctantly take their American friends up on their offers of platonic, partner-switching marriages. The tradeoff hardly improves the already shaky relationship between eternal grad student Mike (McCaleb Burnett) and ambitious lawyer-in-training Betty (Ashley Wolfe), but love blossoms for one of the two new pair-ups. Warm, unabashed nudity and sex add to the R-rated pic’s charms, while a bouncy, salsa-flavored track and colorful Florida backdrops move the tired plot along nicely.

Immigration Tango

  • Production: A Roadside Attractions release of a Mutressa Movies production. Produced by Elika Portnoy. Directed by David Burton Morris. Screenplay, Martin L. Kelly, Robert Lee, Morris, Todd Norwood.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Angel Borroreta; editors, Lee Cippola, Misha Tenenbam; music, Dan Wool; music supervisor, Alex Menck; production designers, Jea De Voe, Nichole Ruiz. Reviewed at Magno Review, New York, Jan. 31, 2011. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 92 MIN.
  • With: With: Elika Portnoy, McCaleb Burnett, Carlos Leon, Ashley Wolfe, Avery Sommers. (English, Spanish dialogue)
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