Girl In Progress
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This movie is about a girl, Ansiedad (which means anxiety in Spanish, which shows how clueless her mom is), who is really frustrated with her life, and wants to turn her life into a coming of age drama, where she escapes in the end by boarding a train.
Ansiedad does a bunch of research, trying to figure out how to be the girl in the movie that breaks through, and attains popularity in school. After she's graphed this out in her room, she meticulously follows her plan, step by step. Everybody else in the movie is clueless about what she's doing, even when she tells them, and she keeps following her plan to it's tragic completion.
Ansiedad is played by Cierra Ramirez, and her mom Grace is played by Eva Mendez. Ramirez does a great job of acting a super smart kid who's actually pulling off a crazy plan to get out of her childhood. And Eva Mendez does an awesome job of portraying a harried single mom, who is doing everything that she can, but it's still not enough. I'm definitely even more of a fan of Mendez than I was before.
This movie is similar to the concept of: What if Abed from Community were a teenage Latin girl in a coming of age drama? Abed is only funny because he's one of seven main characters, and if the whole movie were about him, it would be a little depressing. Same thing for this movie, its so introspective that it will make you think. I love movies like this, but I know a lot of people hate them.Read more ›
The story revolves around a young teen who has grown tired of her mother's childish irresponsible ways. Especially when it comes to married men and money. Also the constant moving which is about the only thing that changes in their life. This movie, as depicted in Ansiedads research is akin to a metamorphosis. The teenager believes that a rite of passage would lead her on the path to freedom from her mom, this life. But as in life nothing goes as planned. Very good movie for a family to watch and discuss. Teens and preteens only though. B+
And this is awful.
It's a self-congratulatory mess about a girl who is checking off the tropes of a coming of age movie. Presenting a list of tired coming-of-age cliches (drugs, going to parties, betraying the fat friend, etc.) is not the same thing as subverting them. The movie goes through the list, checking them off and being generally annoying. Ten minutes from the end of the movie and the only question I have is whether the boy that she wants to lose her virginity to is "not really a lady's man" because he's actually gay. I don't think that question is going to be answered. But that scene where she orders him to have sex with her - it feels like the echo of a braver and better movie that could have been made.
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Girl in Progress is a film feature about the coming-of-age into maturity of a young woman who is taught interestingly by her teen-age daughter. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Desertman84
Purchased to watch with my little sister who also watches The Fosters who Cierra acts in too and ended up to be a great wholesome movie. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paul Moreno