Illegal Tender

Synopsis: After the gangsters who killed his father come to settle a score, a teenage boy and his mother turn the tables on the killers - one Latino family's quest for honor and revenge as the hunted become the hunters. Wilson DeLeon, Jr. is an exceptional college student with an adoring girlfriend, doting mother and a future full of promise. He has never wanted for anything, and he has never been forced to stand his ground. But when ghosts from his mother's past come back to haunt his present, he must defend his family ... and quickly turn into the strong man his father prayed he'd become. Nothing could stop Wilson's mother, Millie, from protecting her two boys. Forced to flee her home after gangsters killed her husband, she made an oath to give her children only the best. But all that changes when an enemy from the past catches up with them. It's finally time to take action - and now, they're done running. Weapons at the ready, Wilson, Jr. and Millie prepare for a final showdown with the murde
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Franc. Reyes
Production: Universal Pictures
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Where's the money?

How much did you take?

Wilson's not here to

save you right now.

You know, you old timers,

you don't never learn!


What happened to our money?

It was for my daughter!

Joey. That's enough.

Bring him out, man.

Bring him out here.

Go get me Joe.

All right.

What did I tell you

about stealing from us?

It's the second time

you took our money.


How many f***ing times

we got to tell you?

Yo, what's up, Caesar?

Don't look at him!

This is the last time

you're going to

steal from us.


Oh, you think

I'm joking now?


Yo, what's up Wilson?


Calm down.

Listen, you can't shoot

this motherf***er in here.

You can't.

You're always

saving him!


I'll handle the man, okay?

You the boss, Wilson.

You the boss, but I'll

be standing right here.

You cool?

I'm good, bro.

I'll be right here.



Damn, Joey,

you f***ed him

up real bad, man.

He shouldn't

steal from us, bro!

He shouldn't steal from us.


Yo, he's a bullshitter!


Joey, do me a favor.

Take the bags outside.


Take the bags outside.

Just give it

a good planchado and take

the bags outside, okay?

You the boss.


You got lucky.

Get the bags, man,

let's go.

I should have shot him dead.



You don't know, bro.

Sometimes you gotta play

the only chips you've got.

Gracias, Wilson. Gracias.

Wilson, hold on.

You got a phone call.

This is Wilson.


How we doing, Wilson?


Doing well, very well.


that's what they tell me.

But what can I

do for you?

You've done enough.

When are you

making the payment?


Will you be there?

Do you want me

to be there?

I prefer it that way.

You know we have

something to talk about.

Then I'll be there.

Divvy this sh*t up,

all right?

Hey Mercy, Sonia.

$10,000 per stack,

not $10,001, okay?

No more pennies

given away.




get away from the TV!

No more.

That's it, I can't.


I'll cut you a little piece.

No, I feel as big

as a truck already, Ma.

Well, that's it.

I need a bigger

piece than that, Ma.



That's what

I'm talking about.

Exactly what

I'm talking about.



We're gonna talk

about those jeans?


Jeans. What jeans?


No, those jeans?

Let her have them!

Those are our jeans.

Shut up!


You have an ass,

she doesn't have an ass.

I'm gonna get them for you.

Sit down.

Girls go get them.

Sit down.

She's giving the jeans away.

Sit down.

Good flan,

I like the flan.

Better than the one before.

You got a plan?


You gonna live

here with the baby?

I have something cooking.

In my home

I did the cooking.

My man paid the bills.

You been cooking?

What I meant was,

I have something

happening down the line.

It's gonna happen.

Do the math.

She's eight months.

It's over.


don't be so nosy.

Get it together.

I don't want my daughter

living in this neighborhood.

I thought we talked

about this, already.

You're right,

they don't fit.

Give us a minute, mamita.

What happened?


Just give us a minute.

Are you sure that...


Okay. All right.

I want you to listen to me.

I'm serious.

I'll take them.

I'll take them both.

If my daughter has

to step foot in this

rat trap neighborhood

after giving birth

to my grandchild.

We understand each other?

I gotcha.


I love you, Millie.

I miss you, baby.

He's kicking like crazy.


Good night, honey.

Good night, get home safe.

Bye, I love you.

I love you.


I'm stepping out.

Be right back, okay, babe?

Where are you going?

I've got to drop that

thing over at Javier's.

Look, I want you

to see something.

Caesar's waiting

for me outside...

Come here.

Just for one second, papi.


Look, it'll be a second.

A second is up, sweetie,

he's outside waiting.

It's Javier,

like, I can't be late.

I was late last week...

Look, I want you

to see how much

you don't have to go

anywhere tonight, okay?

What's that?

These are checks

that I deposited

into a legitimate

business account.

See this?

Milson Enterprises, Inc.

Who are they?

You better not give

my money to no one.

Who are they? Milson!

Millie. Wilson.

Milson Enterprises.

It's a corporation

that we own.

So you see,

all the money

that we invested

in Lugo's Bodega

and the catering hall

all the other ones,

I had them pay us

back by check.

And I deposited it

into this account,

Milson Enterprises, Inc.

So, all the money

that you made on

the streets is clean, now.

So, you see?

You don't have to

go anywhere tonight.

You might have been

the smartest girl at Baruch.

Well, I was also the smartest

at Bronx Science, too.

Oh, guess what?


I'm smarter.

Oh, really? How's that?

I made you mine,

didn't I?

Right, Junior?

Come on.


Get a hold of Wilson.

Okay, in through your nose.

In through your nose.

Hold it. Hold it.

All right, you got it.


What's with the gun?

Hey, Javier,

what's with the gun?

Has nothing to

do with Javier.

Javier, what's

with his gun?


I can't talk to this boy!

I can't talk to this boy!

This is between

me and Javier,

I can't talk to you, man.

Mind your f***ing business.


what the f*** is this?

What the f***!

Put that thing down.

Put the briefcase down!


shoot this motherf***er.


shoot this motherf***er!

Don't f***ing move.

Open that briefcase.

Open that briefcase.

Here's your boy.



He's so beautiful, Millie.


Oh, he looks just like Wil.

Take care of this guy.

You two know

what this is about?

None of our business.

You taking orders

from Javier now?


You don't even know

what's going on here.

You're gonna

let me explain,

or what?

Nothing to explain.

This is between me and him,

just shut the f*** up!

It was wrong,

what you did, Wil.

You passing judgment on me?

This isn't about us.

You should have done

the right thing, Wil.

Look, I have a kid coming.

You gonna do me like this?

You should have

considered your kid,

not us.

Don't do this.

Don't you f***ing do,

don't f***...

I knew this much was

gonna happen.

This is the life he wanted,

this is what happens.

I told him not to go!

I told him not to go.

Yo, you gotta hear this,

you gotta hear this.

Joey, what's up?

You need to know, Millie.

I had nothing to do

with what happened to Wilson.

He was my compadre.

I loved him.


I don't want to hear it.

But that f***ing Caesar.

I think he had

something to do with it.

I'm hearing a lot of sh*t

out there in the street.

What are you hearing, Joey?

Tell me.

You're in danger.

You and the baby.

But, look,

it's gossip, people talk.

Look, let him finish!

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