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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

R | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2003 (USA)
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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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
Silvestre Rasuk ...
Nino
Wilfree Vasquez ...
Carlos
Randy Luna ...
Pool Boy #3
Jeff Knite ...
Pool Boy #4 (as Jeff Asencio)
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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2 May 2003 (USA)  »

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Long Way Home  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Quotes

Judy: Okay, you're my new man... but I'm warning you, don't fuck with me!
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Remake of Five Feet High and Rising (2000) See more »

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Casado y Cansado (No Puedo Mas)
Written by Coati Mundi (as Coati Mundi Hernandez)
Produced by Coati Mundi
Performed by ManicPhonic Meltdown
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Don't listen to the hype. Avoid at all costs.
2 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This "film" is one of the most dreadful things I have ever seen.

Please do yourselves a favor and avoid this incompetent concoction.

Shaking the camera and having your actors adopt scowls does not count as "direction", which this film needed in droves. Not that the writing was all the wonderful, rather we were left with a bunch of completely artificial characters directed in that most artificial way (the pseudo-documentary "style" prized by those who don't know how to direct).

This film gives the impression that it was done cynically to appeal to critics who don't know the first thing about film-making (which is most of them).

Just terrible. It says a lot about Sundance and what it's become that Victor Vargas was showcased there.


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