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+
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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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 8 months ago by Desertman84
Eva Mendes is a really great actress, and I have liked her in every movie that I have seen her in, and this one was no exception. Read morePublished 9 months ago by DVD / Movie Aficionado
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 10 months ago by Paul Moreno