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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

R | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2003 (USA)
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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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Theresa Martinez ...
Judy's Mom
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Randy Luna ...
Pool Boy #3
Jeff Knite ...
Pool Boy #4 (as Jeff Asencio)


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 »






Release Date:

2 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Long Way Home  »


Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,166, 30 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,073,984, 10 August 2003
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film's working title was "Long Way Home". See more »


Vicki: [to Victor] You'll always be known as Fat Donna's man. And that shit *will*... be funny.
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Don't listen to the hype. Avoid at all costs.
2 February 2005 | by 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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