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Girl In Progress

3.8 out of 5 stars 231 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 (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008IG0F4Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,805 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 5, 2013
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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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The movie is really well thought out and the young lead really plays her part well. Eva Mendes does a great job of playing the mother figure who is dysfunctional. I recommend this to every woman out there.
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By B W on February 27, 2014
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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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Girl in Progress starring Eva Mendes and newcomer Cierra Ramirez is a really sweet and thoughtful film. I was never a big fan of Eva Mendes before I saw this indie flick. Mendes is pretty to look at, but her acting for me was never very strong. But I must admit, Mendes is extraordinary and fearless in Girl in Progress. Mendes plays Grace, a single mother who's young daughter decides to make me her own "coming-of-age" adventure to try and frazzle her absentee mom. Grace is a mess emotionally, she is having an affair with a married doctor, she's working 2 meaningless jobs, and she can't afford to pay for her daughter's private school tuition. Her daughter, Ann is young and precocious, she feels like her mom never pays attention to her which is sad but true. Ann is smart but she is neglected, her mom refuses to act her age and Ann wants to grow up too fast. Girl in Progress is a real and honest film, I thought the ending was satisfying and made me tear up a little. I highly recommend this underrated gem, enjoy! Kudos to Eva Mendes for getting out of her comfort zone!
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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. I missed buying this DVD when it was first released on DVD. But, I am glad that I bought it to add to my collection. The story line was also really great in this movie.
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This is one of those movies that I want to like because of what it is. It's a movie directed by a woman, starring Hispanic women and dealing with a teenage girl coming of age - which involves a lot less pie-related sex. Hollywood is essentially a conservative place that can't even be bothered to make movies that pass the Bechdel Test most of the time so every movie made by and starring minorities becomes a test case for whether they will do these movies in the future or just go back to white dude movies.

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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