I've been meaning to get hold of this since I first saw it advertised at cinemas a couple of years ago - having a Latin American girlfriend called Rita may have had something to do with that, but all the positive reviews here and elsewhere certainly helped.
Finally seeing it, though, is an enormous disappointment.
First, the quality of the DVD presentation. As mentioned by another reviewer here, the subtitles are hardcoded, so there's no way to see it without them (quite distracting if you speak Spanish) ... and of course that also means there aren't, for example, Spanish subtitles for viewers of this bilingual film who don't speak English.
Furthermore, seemingly arbitrary choices have been made as to which bits of the Spanish to bother subtitling - it's particularly noticeable with the musical numbers, as apparently the producers feel that nobody wants to know more than the first couple of lines of any of the songs.
The animation itself is also poor. It's a jarring mix of CGI and hand-drawn animation with wildly different frame rates, and while some of the hand-drawn stuff is fairly good (the animators clearly enjoy drawing beautiful women), at times it's surprisingly amateurish. I never want to see Chico's fingers again, that's for sure.
But the worst thing - the really, really disappointing thing - is the writing.
The story is not merely predictable but painfully clichéd, and the characterizations are stereotypical at best (and nonexistent at the all-too-often worst).
To the extent that there are characters at all, Chico is a machista manchild who we're apparently supposed to like for some reason, and Rita is just annoying. Ramón (their manager and Chico's treacherous "friend") would probably be the worst - he's nothing more than a ragbag of latino stereotypes - if it weren't for the existence of Chano, who appears to have been wedged into the plot so that they could draw a gangster with a gold tooth.
Oh, and they've also got Evil White Guy(TM). No, really.
I suppose I ought to say something nice about it: the music is good. But, you know, you could buy some CDs instead. I recommend Tito Puente.
I am grateful I watched it for one reason alone: I bought it with the intention of giving it to Rita (the real, complex human being I mentioned at the start of this review, not the silly caricature of a Latina presented in the film) so that we could see it together, and having taken the precaution of watching it by myself first, I can save us both the embarrassment of sitting through it side by side.