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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Entertainment September 18, 1987 On the Record By CHARLIE MARTIN NC News Service Columnist Can't We Try Facing communications problems need not erode a couple's love I see your face cloud over like a little girl's/And your eyes have lost their shine/You whisper something softly/And I meant to hear/Baby, tell me what's on your mind/I don't care what people say/About the two of us from different worlds/Love is so much that it hurts in- side/Are you listaning/(Pleaso listen to me, girl.) REFRAIN: Can't we try just a little bit harder Can't we give just a little bit more Can't we understand That it is love we're fighting for Can't we try just a little more passion Can't we try just a little less pride Love is so much, baby That it tears me up inside. I hear you on the telephone/With God knows who/Spilling out your heart for free/Everyone needs someone/That they can talk to/Girl, that so- meone should be me/So many times l've tried to tell you/You just turn away/(How did I know)/My life is changing so fast now/Leaves me lonely and afraid/(Don't be afra/d, no.) REPEAT REFRAIN Don't let our love fade away/No matter what people say/I need more, more each dayo matter what people say REPEAT REFRAIN Recorded by Dan Hill and Vonda Sheppard Written by D. Hill and B. Hill Copyright (c) 1987 by CBS Inc. DAN HILL'S "CAN'T WE TRY" is his first Top Forty hit in several years. This duet with Von- da Sheppard is an emotional appeal to save a love , that is about to "fade away." The song describes a history of failed com- munications. "So many times I've tried to tell you, you just turn away." Both individuals want to share their feelings but somehow their messages are not being understood. Consequently, their love is changing so fast that it leaves one person feeling "lonely and afraid." The refrain suggests that they try several things to overcome their communication blocks, for example "less pride" and moregiving. Such efforts may enhance a relationship but growth in communication requires that both in- dividuals share their feelings. A definite plan aids this process: Each person needs to clearly identify his or her own feelings. One way to do so is to keep a written record, particularly of those emotional responses that concern the relationship. Set aside a time to share what has been writ- ten. The one listening should make no response until the other is finished speaking and should have the option of making no response beyoi,. acknowledging the other person's feelings. It may take additional time to think through what has been said. Be responsible for your own feelings. It is unfair to blame the other for what you are feeling: If it becomes clear that an obvious problem is generating most of the feelings, mutually acknowledge the difficulty and begin to form a joint plan to change the situation. Express your anger or hurt. Otherwise they can build resentments that eventually sabotage love. Finish your list by expressing some positive factors of the relationship. For instance, if the rela- tionship has bettered your life in some way, state your appreciation. 'Born in East L.A.' deals u00ith illegal aliens Rudy (Cheech Marin) finds himself selling illegal green cards to raise money to get back across the border in the movie "Born in East L.A." The United States Catholic Conference classification for the film is A-IH -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. --Copyright (c) 1987 Universal Studios, Inc. All rights reserved. U.S. Catholic Conference Movie Ratings These are the United States Catholic Conference symbols and their meanings: A-I -- general patronage; A.H -- adults and adolescents; A.III -- adults; A.IV -- adults, with reservations; 0 morally offensive. Ishtar, A-II Jaws: The Revenge, A-II La Bamba, A-II Lethal Weapon, O The Living Daylights, A-II The Lost Boys, A-III Maid To Order, A-II Masters of the Universe, A-II Million Dollar Mystery, A-II The Monster Squad, A-II Nadine, A-II No Way Out, A-III Personal Services, O Platoon, A-IV Prick Up Your Ears, O Nerds -- Part H, A-III Rite, Sue and Bob Too, O River's Edge, O Robocop, O Roxmme, A-HI The Secret of My Success, O Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, A-I Spaceballs, A-III Stakeout, A-III Summer School, A-III Superman IV, A-II Sweet Lorraine, A-II Tampopo, A-III The Untouchables, A-IiI The Whistle Blower, A-III Who's That Girl, A-III Wish You Were Here, A-III The Witches of Eastwick, O Withnail and I, A-III Angel Heart, O Back To the Beach, A-Ill Banji the Hunted, A-I Beverly Hills Cop II, O The Big Easy, A-III Born In East L.A., A-III Can't Buy Me Love, A-III The Care Bears, A-I Deadline, A-IV Dirty Dancing, A-III Disorderlies, A-II Dragnet, O The Fourth Protocol, A,III The Fringe Dwellers, A-III Full Metal Jacket, A-IV Gardens of Stone, A-III Heartbreak Ridge, O Innerspace, A-II By TONY ZAZA USCC Dept. of Communication NEW YORK (NC) -- In "Born In East L.A." (Universal), writer-director-star Cheech Marin makes a serious depar- ture from his customary vulgar farces to deal subtly with the plight of illegal aliens. Marin plays a Mexican- American native of Los Angeles who is deported to Mexico when he is inadvertently trap- ped in an immigration raid of a toy factory where he has gone to pick up his cousin. Stranded south of the border without identification or cash, he lands in jail for smashing a telephone, gets released and takes on a series of odd jobs to raise the $500,he needs to get smuggled back to the United States. In the process he finds romance and a feel for social in- justice. Marin keeps the pace brisk, never stopping to make a direct political statement, but he has held the jokes and crudities to a minimum, demonstrating that the subject is more dear to him than one might expect. When he gives up his place on the truck to the United States to a woman without cash, the moment is too serious for words and a poignant evocation of prayers answered. It also is a reminder of the recent deaths of illegal aliens in a locked air- tight cattle car. Marin's mild satire tries to demonstrate the desperation of Hispanic minorities trying to get into the land of opportunity and examines some of the pre- judiced and exploitative treat- ment they meet. Unfortunately, his concluding scene of a mass migration across the border to East Los Angeles is more representative of wishful think- ing than reality. The film is a plaintive, albeit humorous, cry to loosen im- migration restrictions and end the hazardous smuggling scams. Marin amiably conveys this without reference to the daily toll in human life as il- legal aliens try to enter America. Some slapstick violence, sex- ual innuendo and excessive profanity mar the first half of the film, making it mature fare. 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