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Quinceañera (2006)

 -  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

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Ernesto (as Jesus Castanos Chima)
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Maria
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Listette Avila ...
Jessica
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Eileen May Garcia
Hector Quevedo ...
Dancing Boy
Germán Campos ...
Chambelàn (as German Zavala)
Carlos Linares ...
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Uncle Walter
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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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Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Echo Park, L.A.  »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Because of time constraints, the producers had still not found an actor to play James just before shooting was set to start, so they asked the casting director, Jason L. Wood, to play the part, because they liked how he had read the part as the other side of dialogue during actors' auditions. Wood was hesitant to take an acting part because he was worried that it might be a conflict of interest with his career as a casting agent, but he finally relented when the producers assured him he wouldn't have to cry in the film. See more »

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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 »

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Carlos: [Tio Tomas consoles Magdalena] Hey.
Tio Tomas Alvarez: Carlos. I just made some tea, would you like some?
Carlos: Nah, I'm straight.
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Features America's Next Top Model (2003) See more »

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Bailar Merengue
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Poignant yet uplifting story
25 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was my favorite movie at Sundance this year (2006). It involves a lovely yet troubled Mexican-American family in Los Angeles. Magdalena, 14, dreams of her upcoming Quinceanera (the dresses, the limo, her friends) but unfortunately becomes pregnant! She is kicked out of the house by her preacher father and ends up living with her uncle (a lovely elderly tolerant gentleman) and her gay, estranged cousin. This unlikely trio becomes a true family, helping each other through challenging times.I loved the message of tolerance, being non-judgmental, and creating community and family. I found myself laughing, crying, and giving a standing ovation for this lovely story and cast at the end of the film.


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