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Quinceañera (2006)

R | | Drama | 5 July 2006 (France)
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)
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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was shot in the same neighborhood that Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer (the film's writers and directors) live in, and the community turned up to help out by loaning their houses, providing technical advice, supplying clothing and acting. See more »


When Herman describes his busy weekend, he states that he is taking his AP History exam on Saturday. AP exams are only given on weekdays. See more »


Carlos: [Carlos teaches Gary "Echo Parque" sign] Be careful you don't flash that around Temple Street, though.
Gary: They're the rival gang, right?
Carlos: They'd kill you.
Gary: Wow. You really live in a whole other world, don't you?
Carlos: Nah... you do.
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Referenced in Film Noir (2007) See more »


Bailar Merengue
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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User Reviews

A great film with no sex and no violence - so why the R rating?
9 August 2006 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

When I went to see this film, I had no idea what it was about, other than that it had something to do with the 15th birthday of a latino girl. It was a preview and the ticket was free. I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a either a little gem of a movie or a gem of a little movie. It shows a little slice of life - centering around the (major) problems of members of a latino extended family in Los Angeles (mostly the younger members). I'm not latino, and I live in northern California - so I have no idea how accurate a picture it is, but the picture is nevertheless true to life. All the characters are very believable - a rather rare description of an American film these days. I have never heard of any of the actors, yet without exception the acting was superb. Every character seemed very real, like people I have known. Halfway through the film, I did not know where it would end - the story could still have turned in several different directions. With the exception of an anglo gay couple, all the characters spoke in both English and Spanish, as many Mexican-Americans do in California.

For some bizarre reason, one of the major characters - Herman (played by an actor named J.R. Cruz, is not listed in the credits in IMDb.

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