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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  2 July 2003 (France)
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A Lower East Side teen-ager struggles to find some sanity while surrounded by an eccentric grandmother, a crazy new girlfriend, and a longing younger brother.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Victor
Donna Maldonado ...
Donna
Kevin Rivera ...
Harold
Krystal Rodriguez ...
Vicki
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Judy
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Melonie
Matthew Roberts ...
Hector
Alexander Garcia ...
Al
John Ramos ...
Macho
Theresa Martinez ...
Judy's Mom
Altagracia Guzman ...
Grandma
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Nino
Wilfree Vasquez ...
Carlos
Randy Luna ...
Pool Boy #3
Jeff Knite ...
Pool Boy #4 (as Jeff Asencio)
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Victor is growing up on the Lower East Side and is at the age where he is driven by desire and unchained by maturity. His image as a ladies man is shattered when he is found in Fat Donna's bedroom. Soon, as a result of his sister's big mouth, the whole Dominican community knows. Full of confidence, Victor sets out to reclaim his image by winning Judy. Judy proves to be elusive and difficult. Victor persists, and with a surprising tenderness, ultimately wins Judy's heart. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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2 July 2003 (France)  »

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Long Way Home  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,166 (USA) (28 March 2003)

Gross:

$2,073,984 (USA) (8 August 2003)
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The film's working title was "Long Way Home". See more »

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Judy: You're so easy to see through, it's embarrassing.
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Just a Bad Film
3 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Raising victor Vargas is just a bad film. No amount of denial or ad-dollar supported publicity with change this sad fact.

Maybe Peter Sollett saw he didn't have the money to do the movie he wanted to make and decided to take the easy way out by making a bad film that cynically apes the tenets of current "edgy film-making". Maybe he just doesn't know any better. It's hard to tell.

What's not hard to tell is the result. Except for a few viewers who will intellectualize the bad film-making into an attempt at pseudo-realism, few will enjoy it.

I know I didn't.

Do yourselves a favor and pass on this film.


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