Quinceañera (2006)

R  |   |  Drama  |  5 July 2006 (France)
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As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesus Castanos ...
Ernesto (as Jesus Castanos Chima)
Araceli Guzman-Rico ...
Listette Avila ...
Eileen May Garcia
Hector Quevedo ...
Dancing Boy
Germán Campos ...
Chambelàn (as German Zavala)
Uncle Walter
Aunt Silvia
Margarita Lugo ...
Aunt Candy
Jorge Ortiz ...
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Magdalena is 14 and anxiously awaiting her 15th birthday where she'll celebrate her quinceanara. Her world starts to crumble when she discovers her pregnancy after not being able to fit in her gown for her quinceanara. Soon, she's kicked out of her home, abandoned by her family, and abandoned by her baby's father. Magdalena is then taken in by her great-granduncle, Tomas and her gay, often-in-trouble cousin, Carlos. There she finds a new family and life. Written by R2k443

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

5 July 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Echo Park, L.A.  »

Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$95,400 (USA) (4 August 2006)


$1,689,999 (USA) (3 November 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Because many members of the cast were not members of the Screen Actor's Guild, Chalo González had to hand in his SAG card before he could play the role of Tio Tomas. See more »


In the scene where Magdalena deletes the pictures of Herman, she is shown using a Boost i860 phone. When the screen of the phone is shown, it is clearly a Samsung A670 she is using. See more »


Magdalena: What do you do with those guys anyway?
Magdalena: You embarrassed or something?
Carlos: No.
Magdalena: So?
Carlos: What do you think we do?
Magdalena: [sarcastically] I don't know. I'm a virgin, remember?
Carlos: Yeah, right.
Magdalena: Come on, Carlos, I told you stuff.
Carlos: We mess around, alright?
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1 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Sundance award winning film refreshingly addresses the Latino/American culture as experienced in the Echo Park area of L.A. Some themes running throughout are coming of age through the exciting wedding-like Quinceanera celebrating the 15th birthday of Latino girls. I was impressed by the honesty and goodness of each character in their chosen lifestyles. Spirituality runs throughout the formalized services headed by Magdalena's father(the serious but judgmental religious type)to the nonjudgmental Tio Tomas' acceptance and love given to all, regardless of circumstances, lifestyle, or "sin."

Echo Park culture is shown to make the most of what they have, without self-pity or whining. This movie should make the big screen for it's flair, artistry, honesty, and empathy for our country's largest minority, under-represented till now. Hooray for Quinceanera! It's joyful and a and real "upper."

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