Homesex movieIn the Heights (2021) Movie Sex & Nudity

In the Heights (2021) Movie Sex & Nudity

Occasional moderate strong crude and sexual lyrics include comedic references to ‘condoms’, a joke where a character asks ‘Have you seen any horses lately then says, I heard you and Nina went for a row in the hay’ and frequent innuendoes throughout.
Suggestive clothing throughout, no nudity but very strong sexual imagery in one very quick scene.
Comedic adult jokes that don’t end up being dirty but are heavily referenced such as a character saying ‘he’s got a big…(pause)….taxi!’
There is a swimming pool scene in which women wear bikinis and boys wear swim trunks
Opening song sequence includes a montage that has condoms visible and is held by a minor.
During the club sequence, various characters say ‘Let me interject some’ which may go over young viewers head as it may be an implied sexual reference but it actually isn’t.
In the barber shop scene there is some weird and suggestive moments
In the song “In the Heights” (opening song), a character gossips about a woman catching her male partner cheating on her with another man.
Carla’s nipples poke through her top.

In “No Me Diga” Daniela mentions that Usnavi had sex with Yolanda, also this turns out to be a lie to get a reaction out of Vanessa
During “Carnival del Barrio” Daniela teases Benny about having sex with Nina (through an innuendo that’ll pass over most kids heads) and they then taunt them with the k-I-s-s-i-n-g song like you would in kindergarten


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


This film, based on Lin Manuel Miranda’s (LMM) wide street debut, is on the highland. It’s not too much to say that it is the most anticipated film this year. I don’t quite understand musicals. I didn’t come to New York when the play premiered on wide street. Naturally, I haven’t seen the original. But I’ve lived in highland for several years. I liked the movie very much yesterday – the opening eight minutes really captured the vitality of the community subtly – I especially resonate with the cultural background in the play. Let’s write about it! In connection with the creation of musicals, it has started since LMM’s student age, and many films are closely related to the times, and it is estimated that many are adaptations, so only the film content is discussed here.

1. Washington Heights

Being in the “highland” refers to the Washington highland, a neighborhood northwest of Manhattan. After the New York subway was built more than 100 years ago, it was connected by 1 / A / C line and the lower middle city (these lines still overlap in many areas, but the people who take the letter line and the number line are very different, so usnavi will emphasize take the a train). It was the first gathering area of immigrants from Ireland and Eastern Europe. In the play, when Kevin and Nina talk about the history of their own taxi dispatching company, they also mentioned that the store was first bought from Irish people, “at that time, the whole street was Irish”. In the 1960s and 1970s, Latinos, especially Dominicans, began to pour into the Washington Heights and surrounding areas. Now more than 70% of the residents here are Latinos. The main characters in the play come from several regions of the Caribbean. Usnavi comes from Dominica. Nina and Kevin are Puerto ricans. Grandma Claudia Cubans in the whole street. However, Spanish is also spoken, and the culture is very similar. They all have a love for music, dance and sunshine in the island culture. Therefore, the residents of this community, no matter where they come from, have a very deep sense of identity with the inclusiveness and cohesion of the community itself. Nina will say “let me just listen to my block” when she comes home from the cultural shock in the University.

But because of the terrain in the northwest of Manhattan, there is more than one highland. To the north of Washington Heights is Inwood, where LMM was born and grew up; In the south, it is close to Hamilton heights. Yes, Hamilton, who made LMM famous. The American National Father who practiced the spirit of hip hop all his life lived here in the last two years of his life. At that time, there was no subway. People who could live in such enclaves had to rely on (horse) cars for transportation. It was all pride! Hamilton highland is very unique. It traditionally belongs to the famous African American community Harlem. Almost half of the residents are African Americans and Latinos, so it is also called Hispanic Harlem or West Harlem. Culturally, it is closer to Washington highland. At that time, I lived at the junction of Hamilton and Washington. Every weekend in summer, there was a block party. The neighbors sealed the road, turned on the fire hydrant to cool down, played loud Latin music on the street, sang and danced. There must be beer and Puerto Rico ice skating – the piragua sold by LMM pushing a car in the play. It’s a memorable summer!

(there are also Hamilton’s eggs in the movie: Kevin’s phone call for Nina to pay her tuition to Stanford, waiting for the music is you’ll be back – is it a hint that Nina will eventually return to Stanford! Washington himself has a guest appearance!)

The film takes many scenes on West 181st street. At the intersection of wide street and West 181, you can see the George Washington bridge that appears repeatedly in the play to the West

2. Stereotypes of the New York Community

At the beginning of the film, the tourist who asked usnavi for directions said he had never been to the north of 96th street, which is a portrayal of many tourists and New York residents. The upper west side, south of 96th street, is one of the most livable and expensive rental areas in Manhattan. It is traditionally the favorite neighborhood for successful people in the literary and artistic circles. However, 96 street goes north and quickly enters Harlem and other immigrant gathering areas. Except for the streets of Morningside Heights where Columbia University is located, the public’s impression of these areas is that there is only a high crime rate and insecurity. It is estimated that every Chinese studying at Columbia University has just been warned by his senior brothers and sisters not to go north. The Highlands in history, including West Harlem, did experience a terrible crime rate in the 1980s and 1990s – mainly due to the crack epic in the Reagan era – but these areas have undergone many changes in the past two decades, and they are absolutely not unsafe enough to live or visit.

More importantly, Washington Heights and adjacent West Harlem are rich and diverse neighborhoods with rich culture and history. In addition to Hamilton’s former residence mentioned above, there are many cultural and historical landmarks here: the cloisters collected exclusively by the Metropolitan Museum in the middle ages, the former residence of Malcolm X, the leader of the civil rights movement, Morris jumel Manson (also the oldest house in Manhattan) who used to be the headquarters of the American War of independence, and so on. There are also unique places in urban planning and natural landscape. The George Washington bridge that appears repeatedly in the film, the Highbridge park where the swimming pool aria is taken are very beautiful. Coupled with the unique culture and food brought by a large number of Latin immigrants, such a community is the source of vitality of this pluralistic and integrated city of New York. However, the long-standing stereotype has made tourists, even many New Yorkers who have lived for many years, dare not take a step north of 96th street. In fact, it is a great pity. It’s so happy to see this film and capture the most dynamic and vibrant side of these treasure blocks with the lens! Of course, the real highland is not as clean and tidy as in the film. Appropriate beautification is still necessary, ha ha.

In addition, it is said that the original never been north of 96 is the line of usnavi. Considering that the actors and audience in the drama version can interact, it’s like LMM’s joke on the audience. In New York, the mainstream musical audience is old, white and rich, which is probably second only to the classical concert audience. In previous years, the average annual income of the wide street audience’s family exceeded 260000 US dollars (almost four times the evaluation of New York). It is estimated that few of the audience who watched the show on the spot went north of 96th street.

Hip hop hero Hamilton’s “luxury” house

3. Gentrification

The film starts with a story about a block that’s disappearing, and directly points out the impact of gentrification on traditional immigrant communities such as highlands. This phenomenon did not appear when LMM first created musical, so it should be adapted with the background of the times. If we really want to elaborate on the subject of gentrification, we can write several doctoral theses. It refers to the process that the traditional low-income urban community is gradually invaded by the middle class and professionals. This process may be accompanied by changes in the structure of community residents (the influx of more highly educated and high-income people), changes in the real estate market (higher house prices and rents), the influx of emerging business types (stores targeting the middle class replace traditional stores), and changes in public service facilities (more green parks and changes in school quality). It seems that gentrification will change the face of traditional communities. Many communities famous for their high crime rate have become safer and livable after gentrification, but it also has a great impact on the low-income people who traditionally live in these places. Because house prices have become higher, many people can no longer afford the communities that have lived for generations. They can only move to more marginal areas of the city and stay away from their own survival network.

If you buy Kevin’s dry cleaning shop, the target customers should be the middle class who recently moved to the highland. Benny’s Aria ridiculed its high price. It costs $8 to wash a shirt; Grandma Claudia wanted to dry clean the precious embroidery left by her mother. Her eyes were dimmed by the high price. This is not to say that the owner of the dry cleaning shop does a black heart business. He obviously knows the goods (praising the exquisite embroidery technology) and has to exempt grandma from the urgent fee, but his positioning of this shop is not to serve those old neighbors. The grocery store owned by usnavi’s father is also constantly impacted by the changes experienced by the community. This is particularly obvious when I lived there. All the old shops in the block sell rice & beans, and the 99 branch is the most popular. However, in recent years, many ins Fengwang red coffee shops have been opened, boasting healthy vegetarian supermarkets. The people who consume in these stores are completely different. The middle class and the old street live in the same street, but there is no intersection in their tracks. In fact, they live in two separate parallel worlds.

Another example is the relocation of Daniela, the owner of a hair and nail salon. The rising rent forced her to move the store further north across the Harlem River in Bronx. However, the impact of such gentrification on the traditional residents of the community is not just physical relocation, but may also be accompanied by the disintegration of the whole lifestyle and relationship network. The life of middle-class professionals is based on individuals or families, while the relationship between people in immigrant communities such as highland is obviously more permeable. In the film, grandma is said to be “adopted the entire community”, while Sonny was raised by the whole street (it is visually observed that his father is an alcoholic). After the disintegration of such a community, the blow to traditional residents is likely to be devastating. What they lose is not only their physical home, but also their support network for survival.

Common street view in summer

4. The plight of the first generation of College Students

The film sets Nina as a typical first generation college students. In recent years, elite universities have begun to pay attention to the diversification of student groups, and the enrollment policy has made a lot of preference for the first generation of college students. However, because no other person in the family has experienced college life, the environment and interpersonal relationships of elite universities make it difficult for them to integrate, and the first generation of college students will encounter many difficulties outside their studies when they arrive at elite universities. After all, University is a strong social environment. For many early generation college students from poor urban communities, the original world may be a map of the city subway as Nina sings, but their classmates go skiing in Switzerland in winter and vacation in South France in summer. Being impacted by such a new environment is just like the rural children here who are carrying the whole village’s hope to be admitted to urban schools. It’s easy to see thin pieces. This problem has been widely studied and reported by academia and mass media in recent years. I discussed this problem with students in class last year. At that time, I was very impressed by a student’s speech. He had the same background as Nina, so when he was admitted by rattan school, he stayed in an ordinary public near his home, “I’m not going to leave an entire community behind just for some Ivy colleges.”

Nina’s experiences after going to Stanford were searched by her alumni as a waiter and her roommate’s parents as thieves. It is estimated that it is an adaptation of the film. These stories are really like sensational headlines copied from the newspaper, which are a little cliche. But how to say, the reason why a clich é is a clich é is that it has happened too many times, not fresh, but too real. I read an interview with LMM. He said that when he wrote the original play, the people in the theater thought that losing the Stanford scholarship would make the audience feel no tension. He suggested that he change Nina’s story to pregnancy after going to college, or her boyfriend raped her, as if young Latino women only deserve such a plot. Now the story of the film will at least resonate with those who encounter identity crisis in the new environment.

5. Undocumented immigrants and DACA

Adding the background story of undocumented immigrants to Sonny is the best adaptation of the film and fully conforms to the role design. After all, sonny contributed the most socially conscious part of the 96000 aria winning the lottery. Other characters sing personal dreams and aspirations, while Sonny imagined investing in education and transforming the community. It’s hard to imagine that these words were written by LMM more than ten years ago, What a keen sense of social smell it is. It’s like a prophet:

With ninety-six thousand, I’d finally fix housin’

Give the barrio computers with wireless web browsin’

Your kids are livin’ without a good edjumication

Change the station, teach ’em about gentrification

The rent is escalatin’

The rich are penetratin’

We pay our corporations when we should be demonstratin’

What about immigration?

Politicians be hatin’

Racism in this nation’s gone from latent to blatant

The bridge section explaining Sonny’s undocumented background is designed subtly. Sonny’s father asked usnavi, do you want to ask what you can only pay for his work in cash? In one sentence, let usnavi understand. This is the situation of undocumented immigrants. You may get along with them day and night, and you can’t notice the difference between them and Americans, but they can’t get a driver’s license or credit card. Without that piece of paper, no matter how hard you work, the rising channel will be completely locked. During the Obama era, DACA was introduced to delay the repatriation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States when they were young. But this is the policy under the compromise between Obama and the right, because DACA does not give these immigrants educated in the United States a legal channel to become American citizens. The original proposal containing the green card channel is called dream (so these undocumented immigrant children are also called Dreamer). It has been discussed in Congress several times, but it has never been passed.

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