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Real Women Have Curves
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Writers (WGA):
Josefina Lopez (play)
George LaVoo (teleplay) ...
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Release Date:
8 November 2002 (USA) See more »
Real women take chances, have flaws, embrace life...
This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman... See more » | Full synopsis »
7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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How challenging it is for smart children from uneducated families to pursue a higher education See more (108 total) »


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America Ferrera ... Ana Garcia

Lupe Ontiveros ... Carmen Garcia

Ingrid Oliu ... Estela Garcia

George Lopez ... Mr. Guzman

Brian Sites ... Jimmy

Soledad St. Hilaire ... Pancha
Lourdes Perez ... Rosali
Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Raúl Garcia
Felipe de Alba ... Grandfather
José Gerardo Zamora Jr. ... Juan José
Edgar Lujan ... Juan Martin

Lina Acosta ... Norma
Celina Belizan ... Glitz Receptionist (as Celina Belazin)
Ramona Garcia Coronado ... Singing Woman

Marlene Forte ... Mrs. Glass
Jim Ishida ... Landlord (as Jimmy Ishida)
Pete Leal ... Dr. Lopez

Josefina Lopez ... Veronica

Esmerelda McQuillan ... Pharmacy Assistant
Jose Tolentino ... Mariachi
Sandie Torres ... Doña Carlota

Dale E. Turner ... Policeman (as Dale Turner)

Julia Vera ... Doña Gorgonia
Lisa Guzman ... Girl #1
Lackey Bevis ... Girl #2

Michelle Moretti ... Girl #3
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Minerva García ... Rita (uncredited)

Mylo Ironbear ... Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Patricia Cardoso 
Writing credits
Josefina Lopez (play)

George LaVoo (teleplay) and
Josefina Lopez (teleplay)

Produced by
Marilyn R. Atlas .... co-producer
Effie Brown .... producer
George LaVoo .... producer
Original Music by
Heitor Pereira 
Cinematography by
Jim Denault 
Film Editing by
Sloane Klevin 
Casting by
Ellyn Long Marshall 
Maria E. Nelson 
Production Design by
Brigitte Broch 
Art Direction by
Deborah Riley 
Amy R. Strong 
Costume Design by
Elaine Montalvo 
Makeup Department
Ginger Damon .... key hair stylist
Angela Gurule .... department head hair
Rosemary Lawrence .... makeup department head
Carey Robertson .... makeup artist (as Carey Martine-Wareham)
Nicole Sortillon .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Nicole Colombie .... production supervisor
Spike Allison Hooper .... post-production supervisor
Scott Michael Nabat .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine Marie McDonald .... Key Second Assistant Director
Julian Petrillo .... first assistant director (as Julian A. Petrillo)
Les McDonough .... second assistant director: New York (uncredited)
Art Department
Treven Bedwell .... lead man
Luis Blackaller .... graphics artist
Allison Gross .... assistant property master
Rob Henning .... set dresser
Stacy L. Henning .... set dresser
Emily Lawless .... paint gangboss
Amiel Lorusso .... set dresser
Peter Mathus .... set dresser
Mark Molina .... assistant art director
Cynthia Nibler .... property master
Michael Pennington .... prop maker
Billy Salsberg .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Claudia Carle .... adr recordist
Edmond J. Coblentz Jr. .... sound editor
Joe Earle .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Carrie Lisonbee .... assistant sound editor (as Carrie Tippets)
Paul Longstaffe .... dialogue editor
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound designer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Hugh Murphy .... assistant sound editor
John Taylor .... sound
Drew Webster .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Arnot .... Steadicam Operator: New York
Alfred Castillo .... grip
Kelly Cummins .... loader
Louis DiCesare .... gaffer
Tim Durr .... best boy electric
Nicola Goode .... still photographer
Chris Gordon .... dolly grip
Scott M. Robinson .... key grip
Patrick Rousseau .... camera operator: "a" camera
Peter Burgess Smith .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Cindy Aoun .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Au .... costume department supervisor
Cesar Magana .... costumer
Alison Stein .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Joe Finley .... digital colorist
Janelle Ashley Nielson .... additional editor
Chris Regan .... color timer
Benj Thall .... trailer editor
Music Department
Jellybean Benítez .... executive soundtrack producer
P.J. Bloom .... music consultant
Margaret Guerra Rogers .... executive soundtrack producer
Margaret Guerra Rogers .... music supervisor
Evyen Klean .... executive soundtrack producer
Robin Lynn .... music consultant
Alvaro Morello .... composer: production music
Fernando Romay .... music editor (as Fernando Romay Esquerra)
Transportation Department
Eli Lozano .... driver
Sandra Ninham .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Gina Amador .... assistant production accountant
Frank Aragon .... location manager
Trina Calderón .... production assistant
Juliana Colacilli .... craft service
M. Vanessa Coto .... production coordinator
Amy Flanders .... assistant production coordinator
Eric Glasser .... key set production assistant
Aurora Guerrero .... assistant: Ms. Cardoso
Chris Miller .... technical consultant
Tracy L. Moody .... script supervisor
Nonie L. Robinson .... director of educational research and development
Rony Shino .... location scout
Gary J. Sims .... payroll services
Lynn Sisco .... script supervisor
Elona Tsou .... assistant: Ms. Cardoso
Lisa Womble .... production assistant
Brian Zarka .... production assistant
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language
90 min | Switzerland:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Germany:o.Al. | Mexico:B | South Korea:15 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Bern) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

The producers put out a casting call for girls who were "fat" or "overweight", and had thousands of girls show up who were clearly not fat or overweight, but all thought that they were.See more »
Continuity: When Ana leaves the house with her grandfather for her date with Jimmy, her hair is straight. When she arrives at the restaurant, her hair is curled.See more »
Pancha:Like my grandmother used to say, "There's no better dressing than meat on bones."See more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
How challenging it is for smart children from uneducated families to pursue a higher education, 20 March 2005
Author: agbeme01 from United States

The movie Real Women Have Curves is a 2002 comedy directed by Patricia Cardoso. Ana (America Ferrera) is a young and smart girl from a Mexican immigrant family, who graduates from the famous Beverly High School of California, and gets accepted in Columbia University with a full scholarship. Controlled by her mother Mrs. Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros), who strongly believes that a girl's fate is to learn to work hard and learn to take care of her future husband. Raul Garcia (Jorge Cervera Jr.) Ana's father and Mr. Guzman (George Lopez) Ana's English teacher play wonderful mediators and defend Ana to go to college.

This is a movie for everyone to see. Children can confront parents in laughter, while enjoying this together. It reveals the constant battle between mother and daughter, but most of all; it shows how challenging it is for smart children from uneducated families to pursue a higher education.

Although the comedian George Lopez, from the George Lopez show, is not an actor, he gives a high performance in this movie playing the role of the teacher who tries by all means to see one of his smartest students succeeding in what she deserves, despite the character hostile of Lupe Ontiveros, who sees her daughter going against the value of their traditions.

This movie makes me think of the Cider House Rules, in which Dr. Larch (Michael Caine) always reminds Homer Well (Toby McGuire), his traditions and what he comes to accomplish in life. Like America Ferrera, it is hard for Toby McGuire to break the rules, and leave the orphanage to discover what is out there for him.

Patricia Cardoso increases the suspense in this movie with the motif "red color," which appears every time America Ferrera's future is being discussed. She makes this screenplay so funny and devoid of bad scenes or language. This is what Robert Ebert from the Chicago Tribune calls "enormously entertaining for moviegoers of any age."

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