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A Coco thought - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
A Coco thought
So, watching reactions, I happened to notice several people saying, when Miguel actually tells his family about the music competition, "Duh! You don't tell them!" And it occurred to me: I think that was my tip-off that, silly music ban aside, this must be a warm, loving, and (other than music) supportive family, because Miguel--despite knowing about the ban--tells them about the contest. And later, when Elena is throwing out his stash, he is still convinced that, if he plays, his father will support him... even after being yelled at. It's not until Elena actually smashes the guitar that he goes off the rails.

So, despite the fact that it's all based on a family argument, I had the impression from the beginning of the movie that he'd been raised with a lot of love and generosity. It's just that with the music, he hit on the single, uncrossable line.

(And why was that line uncrossable? My assumption is that--contra Miguel--the rest of the family isn't "okay with that." You don't have to spend that much energy banning what people aren't in any hurry to do. You spend that kind of energy to protect your family from what seems like a clear and present danger.)
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