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A $6 million box office theatrical run followed awards and acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Should Ana leave home, go to college and experience life? Or stay home, get married, and keep working in her sister's struggling garment factory? It may seem like an easy decision, but for 18 year-old Ana, every choice she makes this summer will change her life. Right now, she may be making clothes for less shapely women. But Ana is about to discover that real women take chances, have flaws, embrace life, and above all have curves!

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  • Actors: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez, Brian Sites
  • Directors: Patricia Cardoso
  • Writers: George LaVoo, Josefina Lopez
  • Producers: Effie Brown, George LaVoo, Marilyn R. Atlas
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: 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: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLXZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Real Women Have Curves" on IMDb

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By Groovin' guy VINE VOICE on April 11, 2007
Format: DVD
Great movie for all ages. This film is very enjoyable and it can be appreciated by any age group. It seems like a good family movie.

It's about a Latino family and their struggles with their dress shop. It is also about the choice that Ana (college bound) must make. I felt the pressure that the family put her through. She is a very bright and independent girl who's made to feel obligated to work in the family's business.

Characters are portrayed very authentically and believable.

Nothing too far fetched (except maybe the underwear dancing factory workers), though that was a hysterical scene.

Loved it!
Recommend it!
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I loved this movie....it is exceptionally well acted, witty, with a smart and biting script. Though it's technically a "chick flick", I think men would enjoy it also (although maybe not admit that). I saw it on television and liked it so much I wanted to see the unedited version. You can never go wrong with a movie made by HBO, and is something that you will want to pull out of the drawer and watch again and again.
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This 2002 independent film is classified as a comedy. It's not.
It's a small slice of life about a Mexican American young woman who has just graduated high school. She dreams of going to college but her family insists she work in her older sister's dress factory. There's a clash of cultures. And some very moving moments. It's a uniquely American story, one that has been told over and over again as all waves of immigrants have to deal with assimilation. And yet, it is always fascinating.
Casting is excellent. America Ferrera plays the young woman. She, like her mother and sister, is overweight and curvy. But the title doesn't just relate to her body. It's about the kind of curves that woman have to deal with in life - like a curve ball thrown in a baseball game. Lupe Ontiveros is the mother. It's a great role, and it's easy to relate to her as she tries to keep her family together. She has absolutely magnificent facial expressions. One look from her tells a thousand stories. Ingrid Oliu is the older sister trying to keep her small shop in business. The women sew evening gowns that sell for $600 or more in Bloomingdale's. For this, the contractor gets a mere $18 per dress. It's hot in the shop and they work long hours. Not a life for a young woman who has big dreams.
Later, during the DVD's special feature section, Josefina Lopez, the writer, told the audience that she, herself, actually worked in one of these sweatshops. No wonder it all seemed so authentic!
This is a coming of age film. It's also a film about women, and their bodies. In one scene the women in the sweatshop strip down to their underwear and proudly display their very imperfect bodies to one another. There sure was a lot of strength in that scene. And a positive message for all women.
Recommended.
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It is so wonderful to have a film about women learning to just be who you are, regardless of class background and/or size. A great story of accepting yourself and others, and demanding that you be accepted for who and what you are.
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Patricia Cardosa's "Real Women Have Curves" is a touching and humorous comedy/drama about both self-esteem and family.In the story we meet Ana (wonderfully played by America Ferrera) a smart, young, Mexican American, women who has just graduated from high school.With the help of scholarships and financial aid she has the ability to be the first in her family to go on to college. She is at that point in life, where anything is possible.Unfortunately she is opposed by her loving but extremely rigid, Mother (Lupe Ontiveros), who insists that her place and duty is to help with the family's financial survival by working in her sister's small, struggling, dress factory. Ana joins the friendly (and gossiping), female workers in the factory, but eventually she must get on with her life on her own terms.This is a beautiful movie about letting go of a person even though you love them. It is also a film about being proud of who you are. The Ana character is overweight (she's not your typical Hollywood size 2)yet she is proud of herself and sees no shame in her body.This leads to one of the funniest scenes in the movie in which Ana coxes her similarly overweight co-workers to strip down to their undies in the broiling, hot factory! Actress, America Ferrera really is a charismatic force, who just lights up the screen with her talent.The rest of the cast is equally marvelous including Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, George Lopez, Soldad St. Hilaire and Felipe de Alba.This is a wonderfully moving film which I highly recommend! (NOTE: Make sure to watch the film all the way through. After the end credits is a key scene that is important to the story!)
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I liked this movie a lot. It's not a powerhouse, it's what I think of as a "whisperer." I watched it months ago, and there are some particular moments that keep playing in my mind, still, because I could really feel them. I'm far from being a Latina, but I love Latino/Mexican/Central American culture, so I watched this movie expecting it to be aimed at an audience much younger than me. I love "Ugly Betty" and thought seeing America Ferrera in one of her movies would be interesting. There were several mother-daughter scenes in this movie which really brought forth long-buried memories of exchanges with my own mother, moments where you realize how uncomfortable you're making your mother and you can't help it. As an adult I realize what those moments were, and they don't seem so large and terrible now, but at the time they were. This movie brought them back into focus and made me realize the importance of growing up, of becoming your own person, and the necessity for every daughter to have the courage to "step over" their mother and become herself. It's interesting to watch Ana come through the process and finally realize how HARD her family works to make her able to take that step over. On another note, I am appalled and disappointed at how many fans of Ms. Ferrera have posted on various sites that they love her, love that she's not the usual lookalike skinny stick-insect, and then finish their post with something like, "she'd be prettier if she'd lose weight." It's mean and false. This movie also made me go back and watch "The Joy Luck Club" again, another excellent mother-daughter reflection.
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