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Raising Victor Vargas -- 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.
Raising Victor Vargas -- 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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Release Date:
2 May 2003 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Victor Rasuk ... Victor
Donna Maldonado ... Donna
Kevin Rivera ... Harold
Krystal Rodriguez ... Vicki

Judy Marte ... Judy

Melonie Diaz ... 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)
Juan I. Lebron ... Israel
Jacqueline Rosario ... Singer

Joe Rosario ... Security Guard
Gladys Austin ... Social Worker

Directed by
Peter Sollett 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Sollett  story
Peter Sollett  written by
Eva Vives  story

Produced by
Jean-Michel Dissard .... associate producer
Alain de la Mata .... producer
Scott Macaulay .... producer
Vincent Maraval .... executive producer
Robin O'Hara .... producer
Peter Sollett .... producer
Cate Wilson .... line producer
Original Music by
Roy Nathanson 
Cinematography by
Tim Orr 
Film Editing by
Myron I. Kerstein  (as Myron Kerstein)
Casting by
Ulysses Terrero 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
Costume Design by
Jill Newell 
Makeup Department
Angela Gallagher .... make-up and hair (as Angela Guinn)
Production Management
Carrie Fix .... production supervisor
Cate Wilson .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariela Comitini .... second second assistant director
Carrie Fix .... first assistant director
Michael A. Moffa .... second assistant director (as Michael Moffa)
Art Department
Jill Alexander .... property master
Chris Buder .... set dresser
Laurent Gorse .... art department intern
Tara Healey .... set dresser
Javier Hernandez .... assistant property master
Mess E. Kauf .... carpenter
Jesse Kaufmann .... intern
Tyler Q. Rosen .... property master
Elizabeth Sobota .... set dresser
Sound Department
Steve Borne .... sound designer
David Briggs .... foley editor
Ryan Collison .... foley engineer
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator
Nadine Finzi Maybruck .... sound editor
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor
Alex Raspa .... adr mixer
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Noah Timan .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael F. Burke .... camera loader (as Michael Burke)
David Elwell .... best boy electric
Justin Scott Gravatt .... electrician
Melissa Guimaraes .... best boy grip
Matthew Hale .... key grip
Susan Heller .... electrician
Linda Kallerus .... second assistant camera (as Linda Slater)
Jude Kiernan .... camera loader
Scott Miller .... gaffer
Scott Miller .... still photographer
Matthew A. Petrosky .... first assistant camera
Craig Striano .... grip
John Woods .... electrician
Laurie Chakel .... grip/electric intern (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jesika Khadivi .... extras casting assistant
Richard Valbrun .... casting assistant (as Richard 'Misery' Valbrun)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy R. Burt .... assistant costume designer (as Amy Burt)
Editorial Department
Katy Skjerping .... assistant editor (as Katie Fisher)
John Dowdell .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Hugo Dwyer .... score mixer
Tracy McKnight .... music consultant
Alysia Oakley .... assistant to music supervisor
Other crew
Scott Burik .... set medic
Kristen Dubberstein .... assistant production coordinator
Jeremy Gould .... location assistant
Shawn Hamilton .... production accountant
Eryka Seimona Henderson .... location manager (as Erika Seimona)
Matthew Hysell .... key unit production assistant (as Matt Hysell)
Jesika Khadivi .... production office intern
Raynelle Irene Mensah .... set production assistant: re-shoots
Tony Osso .... production coordinator
Jennifer Quesenbery .... location scout
Josiah Silverstein .... production assistant
Collin Smith .... location scout
Sally Steele .... publicist
Bergen Swanson .... post-production office supervisor
Hope Walter .... assistant unit manager
Hughroy Williams .... key location manager
Glen Duncan .... special thanks
Cleotilde Garcia .... special thanks
Emily Kaplan .... special thanks
Sylvie Perras .... special thanks
Todd Rubenstein .... special thanks
Michelle Satter .... special thanks
Matthew Sollet .... special thanks
Helene Sollett .... special thanks
Rob Sollett .... special thanks
Jan Somma .... special thanks
Todd Stephens .... special thanks
Will Sweeney .... special thanks
Emmanuelle Taylor .... special thanks
Eva Vives .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong language
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:18 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

The film's working title was "Long Way Home".See more »
Guy hanging out:[to Melonie and Judy] I'll f*ck you so hard, your aunt is gonna feel it!See more »
Movie Connections:
Casado y Cansado (No Puedo Mas)See more »


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108 out of 161 people found the following review useful.
"No Pause" Needed, 3 May 2005
Author: longislandlloyd from United States

"Raising Victor Vargas" is one of those light, family movies that you can watch and do the N.Y. Times crossword puzzle at the same time. And if you want to go to the kitchen for a taco and a Corona, you don't have to "Pause" the DVD. Just let it roll, 'cause you won't be missing anything really important. No twists, turns, or tension. It's not really an ethnic movie, it's a movie about a poor, struggling immigrant family that happens to be Latino. They could have been any ethnic group. It made very little difference. I've seen it all a zillion times before. Just plug in a Jewish family, an Italian family, a Black family, or an Irish family. Just the accents and names were different. If the Vargas family was named Bush or Clinton and were Presbyterians, the movie would have been a total snooze.

It's funny that the critics here couldn't get the locale straight. Some said it was Spanish Harlem. Some the Bronx, and another Brooklyn. As a life-long New Yorker, I vote for the Lower East Side. And it seemed that the family never met up with anyone except other Latinos. They lived in an insulated/isolated little enclave. Some interaction with non-Latinos might have created some excitement, interest, or tension. Remember West Side Story?

And now for the oft-criticized cinematography. I don't know if it was my TV or what, but all the indoor shots looked very ORANGE to me. The apt, the furniture, and the faces were all ORANGE. What was that supposed to mean? And the apt. did look pretty cramped to me. Somebody here mentioned that the old apt's/tenements had very big rooms. Well, maybe 50 years ago. What landlords have done is to break up one big apt into 2 or 3 very small ones and squeeze as many immigrants as they can into them.

And another annoying thing ....This is the second family movie I've seen and criticized this week that featured a teenage boy "jerking off". Is this private sex act necessary for us to watch? Please spare me! What's up with these directors?

So "Victor Vargas" is a pleasant little movie. It was nice for a change to see young Latino actors given a break and a chance to show their talents, which they did. But the writers let them down, giving them a flat, unspectacular script to work with. Enjoy the show, but keep your fingers near the "fast forward" button.

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