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– by Anthony Esteves

John Leguizamo has had a steady career as an actor, working in film and television since the mid-’80s. He’s appeared in a wide variety of comedies and dramas, including Miami ViceCarlito’s WaySuper Mario Bros.Too Wong FooRomeo & JulietSpawnSummer Of SamMoulin Rouge!Ice AgeERJohn Wick and the Paramount Network’s television event Waco. Aside from his films, Leguizamo is well known for his one-man shows. In his shows Spic-O-RamaFreakSexaholix… A Love Story and Ghetto Klown, Leguizamo tells stories from his adolescence to adulthood that are both hilarious and emotional. Freak went on to win a Primetime Emmy in 1998 for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

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Now, Netflix is airing Leguizamo’s latest show, Latin History For Morons. Compiling all of Leguizamo’s performances into one 90-minute film, the actor/comedian uses a classroom setting in front of a live audience to describe the trials and tribulations of teaching his bullied son about Latin history.

Playing different characters and fueled with plenty of fire given today’s political atmosphere, Leguizamo uses comedy, satire and music to deliver information about Latin history many are not aware of. While he is a bit older and not quite as crazy as he was in Freak or Sexaholic…, Leguizamo thoroughly educates and entertains with his portrayals of Christopher Columbus, Moctezuma, Cortez, Andrew Jackson and more.

John Leguizamo fans will definitely enjoy his latest special, but should prepare themselves for a show that will deliver historical facts, topped off with a number of digs at this country’s current administration’s policies. If you’re new to Leguizamo’s one-man shows, I suggest you watch his early work first as a primer for what to expect from one of the most energetic and talented artists in our time. Once you’ve done that, set aside some time and learn some Latin history from The Freak himself.

Grade: B+

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