Alan Arkin is one of those chameleon actors who can do many different kinds of roles. That works for and against him, as his career has been filled with interesting parts but only the rare successful commercial venture. This time Arkin is a poor Puerto Rican widower living in New York's
Spanish Harlem. He's raising his two sons, Figueroa and Alejandro, in a small apartment that has numerous locks to protect them against intruders. Whenever someone knocks on the door, Arkin barks to simulate a watchdog. Devoted to giving his sons a better lot in life than his, he has put his
personal pleasure, that of marrying sensuous girlfriend Moreno, on hold for the time being. ...