This amusing and enjoyable short depicts the fireworks that erupt when the Ronderos’ son Jerry (Anthony James Hernandez) comes home from college for a visit. Mom Veronica (“Ronnie”), played by Adria K. Woomer-Hernandez, lays down the law to her husband Guillermo (Juan Carlos Hernandez): no talking, not even whispering, about politics.
…Which means, of course, there will be a knock-down, drag-out fight, and among this Cuban-American family, that requires be a rehashing of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Guille describes how the “cabrón Kennedy” blew the whole thing. Jerry isn’t so sure Kennedy’s actions made much difference, that it was doomed from the beginning.
However, this film examination is not facile. These people love each other. Despite their differences, they still care for one another. Jerry brings home treats for his folks, items that delight them. He’s greeted with, “How’s school? Are you eating enough?”
It’s fun to watch the family members interact with each other. There’s no malice. The different characters become angry and annoyed at each other. In less capable hands, their portrayals could have been cardboard clowns. However, even when they’re at their most ridiculous, these characters remain human beings with depth.
The opening and closing scenes are shot over Ray Charles’ “America the Beautiful.” The viewer will also hear the rousing Carmen Miranda song “Mama, yo Quiero” and the romantic “Cuando Sali de Cuba,” a song that speaks of the sadness of leaving home forever. These choices reflect the mood of the piece: humor, fun, and a little sadness as we try to get on with one another.
The film can be watched here.
The film lasts about twenty-two minutes.
Title: Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss
Adria K. Woomer-Hernandez as Veronica “Ronnie” Rondero
Juan Carlos Hernandez as Guillermo “Guille” Rondero:
Anthony James Hernandez as Jerry Rondero
Directed and Edited by: Juan Carlos Hernandez
Produced by: Adria K. Woomer-Hernandez
Sound by: Adria K. Woomer-Hernandez
Written by: Alex Diaz-Granados, based on his original screen concept, Happy Days Are Here Again