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Girl in Progress

3.8 out of 5 stars 230 customer reviews

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Grace (Eva Mendes) is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Harford (Matthew Modine), to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad's English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Raini Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to "adulthood," But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.

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  • Actors: Eva Mendes, Matthew Modine, Cierra Ramirez, Patricia Arquette, Eugenio Derbez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008IG0F4Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you're expecting a lighthearted comedy, then stop here, because you'll hate this movie. It's as close as American movies ever come to a true tragedy.

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.
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I liked this movie. A lot. It was a welcomed change to the traditional emotional strife via Mother and Child.
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+
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Very important topic to share. Was a little slower than it needed to be, but the cast of characters made it believable. Good for anyone interested in parent/child relationships and how a parent can be affected by their own childhood experiences.
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Well it isn't a masterpiece of cinema, but not a bad flick. The high school girl Anne/Ansiedad comes across as a borderline narcissist who cruelly dumps her best and only friend in pursuit of a consciously thought out, clinically executed "coming of age" project. Her mother (Eva Mendez) is a flighty, sexy but lost working gal who nearly destroys a doctor's marriage, then nearly loses her daughter, then nearly ruins the restaurant where she works. Patricia Arquette is the stable, reasonable English teacher who anchors Ansiedad's adventure and occasionally fills in where mom is lacking. There are a few other supporting characters who are somewhat unusual and generally well played. Kendall Cross, as Alice Harford, the doctor's wife (who seems to always address him as "Doctor"), is a surprisingly solid and sympathetic character who is fighting to keep her own dysfunctional family together. Altogether, the cast is interesting enough that it makes up for what might be otherwise a rather predictable story.

The music is a constant presence in this movie, and seems well chosen--great teen party music, great Mexican brass band, and ambiance-inducing vocal scores throughout.

I enjoyed it. Overall I would call it 3.5 stars, but that's not an option, so what the heck, I'll round it up. A nice heart warmer for a rainy night cuddled up with your best friend.
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I liked the movie, it had a good plot, some so-so acting, and a lot of unanswered questions at the end that could have easily been avoided if the writers chose to spend an extra hour writing and add ten minutes to the movie. I would recommend it, though.
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While I would have given this movie 3 stars for my own personal liking of it, I decided to give it 4 because I think it would be a good movie for parents and kids (not too young) to watch together. I'm sure most people wanted to rush their childhood at some point and I think this movie was a great example of the type of things that could happen in pursuit of that. I know I couldn't wait to "grow up" and now before I leave for work I often sing the Toy-R-Us slogan to myself "I don't wanna grow up, I'm a Toys-R-Us kid" :) I thought the acting was good and felt like the characters were pretty relatable (more so in their emotions, wants, and regrets... not actions). I do agree with others that have reviewed this movie that most girls wouldn't be as naïve as the main character, however it can be really easy for kids to get caught up in some of the things that were portrayed in the movie. I'm glad for the way that things wrapped up in the end of the movie and with about a half hour left in it, was seriously hoping it wasn't going to be a movie that left me hanging. Many coming of age movies seem to glamorize some of the behaviors the main character was partaking in and I was glad that this movie really showed the social consequences for all parties involved in the story and how they all affected each other. This movie is absolutely worth watching at least once.
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