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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

R  |   |  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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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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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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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 »

Quotes

Guy hanging out: [to Melonie and Judy] Hey, whassup. How y'all doin'? Which one'a yo wanna get fucked in the doody ho? You?
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Ethnic for Ethnicity's Sake
2 May 2003 | by (A Place is Just A Place) – See all my reviews

Amazing how little it takes to please the critics, as long as it fits current politically-correct fads of ethnic diversity, e.g., Hispanic boy pursues Hispanic girl in Brooklyn. Transplant the same exact story to the white suburbs of Toledo, Ohio, say, and you'd have a very lame movie. Didn't find protagonist, Victor, all that sympathetic; too much the usual teenage-punk hip-hop daddy cliche. Elegant idyllic ending must have swayed reviewers to overlook rest of film's failings.

Recommend movie "Our Song" for a much better look into the lives of a somewhat similar group of NYC teenagers.


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