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How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  16 May 2008 (USA)
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Three generations of women in a Mexican American family experience sexual awakenings over the course of a summer.



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Credited cast:
Dona Genoveva
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oswaldo (as Victor Wolf)
Sal's Uncle
Victor Reyes
Soap Opera Actor
Ana Cervantes ...
Doña Loda
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Don Pedro
Soap Opera Actress
Marina Dena-Santo ...
Ricki Lopez ...
Father Miguel
Leo Minaya ...


Three generations of women in a Mexican American family experience sexual awakenings over the course of a summer.

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Love and sex. Some things just get better with age.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 May 2008 (USA)  »

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How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer  »

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$91,432 (USA) (16 May 2008)


$91,432 (USA) (16 May 2008)

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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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2.35 : 1
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 17 May 2008 (2008) See more »

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Way too long film about three generations of horny women
23 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had a chance to catch this much over-hyped film at the Arizona International Film Festival and I have to say it really left me wanting, that is wanting less.

On the positive side, the performances are fantastic. Pena delivers a great performance, America is a real force and the grandmother stole the show.

On the negative side, the the languid pacing became too much and makes the film way too long at over two hours. I found myself checking my watch way too many times. The cinematographer must have had little direction as some of cinematography was very nice, but most of it felt as though he really wanted people to take notice of his work. I took notice, many times when I shouldn't. Many times the characters occupied the edge of the screen, even cut off the edge. This cinematographer really wanted to say something and what it said to me was "I make home movies". Many people seem to blame the editor for the length whereas I point to the Director. She is supposed to have the vision and she's ultimately responsible for the editing. Overly-long, silent sex scenes, dialog so stiff that even the actors couldn't make it work and a good half-hour of excess peripheral story really make this film drag.

The sad thing is this movie could be a really nice film with above average performances and some genuinely funny moments, but poor decisions made by the filmmaker drag this film down into the muck of overly self-important art-house schlock.

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