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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:
30 May 2003 (Turkey) 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 »
3 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Neither well made nor realistic See more (134 total) »


  (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 »
Judy:You're so easy to see through, it's embarrassing.See more »
Movie Connections:
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150 out of 245 people found the following review useful.
Neither well made nor realistic, 26 October 2003
Author: Caroline Mitchell from Long Beach

Someone will have to explain to me why every film that features poor people and adopts a pseudo-gritty look is somehow seen as "realistic" by some people.

I didn't see anything realistic about the characters (although the actors did their best with really bad parts) or the situations. Instead, I saw a forced, self-conscious effort at being "edgy", "gritty" and "down and dirty".

Sadly, it takes a lot more than hand-holding the camera without rhyme or reason and failing to light the film to achieve any of the above qualities in any significant way.

It's a sad commentary on the state of independent film distribution that the only films that see the inside of a movie theater are nowadays all carbon copies, with bad cinematography, non-existent camera direction and a lot of swearing striving to pass themselves as "Art".

It's little wonder that films like "In the Bedroom" or "About Schmidt" get such raves. I found them to be meandering and very average, but compared to the current slew of independent clones like "Raising victor Vargas" they are outright brilliant and inspired.

A few years ago seeing an "independent" film meant that you would likely be treated to some originality and a lot of energy and care, and maybe a few technical glitches caused by the low budgets, nowadays, it means that chances are you'll get yet another by-the-numbers, let's-shake-the-camera-around-for-two-hours attempt at placating the lack of taste of independent distributors. And of course all that to serve characters and situations that are completely unreal and contrived.

Is it any surprise that the independent marketplace has fewer and fewer surviving companies? Not at all when you see films like Raising Victor Vargas that do nothing but copy the worst of the films that preceded them.

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