The flavor you may know. The story you don't.
Did you ever eat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? I haven’t and this film doesn’t make me want to run out and buy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. But, like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, this film is a good 99 minute snack – a worthy snack. Flamin’ Hot stays positive and upbeat even through the darkest times-and the bad times are never too bleak. Eva Longoria (the well-known actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist in Hollywood.) directed the film. Richard Montañez (Jesse Garcia, Ambulance) is a janitor at a Southern California Doritos factory in 1966. Richard, with the help of the his family, develop the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos for Frito-Lay. Richard’s snack begins selling in 1976 and it becomes a global phenomenon. Now you can find Flamin’ Hot on loads of snack chips.
Flamin’ Hot is a heartwarming story about perseverance and reaching for the American dream. The movie is well-acted and is a positive celebration of Mexican-American culture. The characters and the situations in Flamin’ Hot are more than enough to amuse, inspire, and keep the interest of viewers of all ages.
Notable characters include:
- Dennis Haysbert (Kodachrome), and the official voice of “You are in Good Hands” with Allstate Insurance) who becomes the mentor and confidence builder of Richard Montañez.
- Annie Gonzalez is Judy, Richard Montañez’s wife. Judy is a good mom and a strong influence on Richard, however, little is known about the character.
- Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as Roger Enrico, the CEO of Frito-Lay who gives Richard a chance.
Overall, Flamin’ Hot is a quality film with a positive message. It is a story that everyone can relate to, and it is sure to leave you feeling good, maybe even inspired. In general, I would recommend Flamin’ Hot to fans of biographical films, comedy-dramas, and feel-good movies. I gave Flamin’ Hot an extra star after the second viewing, it’s always better the second time.
Reviewed by Frank Movie Reviews August 21, 2023