“In The Heights” Forgot About Family

Maya L, M.A.
The Antagonist Magazine

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Why did they remove Latinx Family Diversity?

Courtesy of Kevin Olson | Unsplash

There are many conversations surrounding colorism and anti-blackness in In the Heights. For those of us who loved the original source material, it is also severely lacking in the diversity of the Latinx family. It’s a poor creative decision to not showcase the levels of Latinx familial relations in a film of this magnitude.

I will not be the reason that my family can’t succeed
I will do what it takes
They’ll have everything they need

“Inutil” lyrics from “In the Heights”

What’s telling is that in the original source material for In The Heights, the adults are larger and more fleshed out. Nina’s father, Kevin Rosario, is the character that generationally wasn’t going to amount to anything because of the blue-collar jobs that were common in his family. To have him face the reality that despite career differences from his father, it wasn’t financially enough for his daughter to be successful at Stanford is heartbreaking. Yet, it’s his determination to provide the life that he never had and his resilience to make such sacrifices that strengthen his character. It shows a resolve that many of us respect.

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Maya L, M.A.
The Antagonist Magazine

I explore the intersectionality of race and culture from a humanistic lens. Host of The Renegade Professor Podcast.