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Real Women Have Curves (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 8 November 2002 (USA)
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In East Los Angeles, an 18-year-old struggles between her ambitions of going to college and the desires of her domineering mother for her to get married, have children, and oversee the small, rundown family-owned textile factory.

Director:

Patricia Cardoso

Writers:

Josefina Lopez (play), George LaVoo (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
America Ferrera ... Ana Garcia
Lupe Ontiveros ... Carmen Garcia
Ingrid Oliu Ingrid Oliu ... Estela Garcia
George Lopez ... Mr. Guzman
Brian Sites ... Jimmy
Soledad St. Hilaire ... Pancha
Lourdes Perez Nido Lourdes Perez Nido ... Rosali (as Lourdes Perez)
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Raúl Garcia
Felipe de Alba Felipe de Alba ... Grandfather
José Gerardo Zamora Jr. José Gerardo Zamora Jr. ... Juan José
Edgar Lujan Edgar Lujan ... Juan Martin
Lina Acosta ... Norma
Celina Belizan Celina Belizan ... Glitz Receptionist (as Celina Belazin)
Ramona Garcia Coronado Ramona Garcia Coronado ... Singing Woman
Marlene Forte ... Mrs. Glass
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Storyline

This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. She lives in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles. Freshly graduated from high school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University. Her very traditional, old-world parents feel that now is the time for Ana to help provide for the family, not the time for college. Torn between her mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage she agrees to work with her mother at her sister's downtown LA sewing factory. Over the summer she learns to admire the hardworking team of women who teach her solidarity and teamwork. Still at odds with what her mother expects of her, Ana realizes that leaving home to continue her education is essential to finding her place proudly in the world as an American and Chicana. Written by smbuvideo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Real women take chances, have flaws, embrace life...

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, who deemed it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2019. See more »

Goofs

Ana's boyfriend, about to graduate from high school, says he will now go to "Teachers College." Teachers College is a graduate school only; it has no undergraduate program. See more »

Quotes

Carmen: [In Spanish] It's a matter of principle. It's not fair. I worked since I was 13 years old and Ana is 18 years old. Now it's her turn.
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Connections

Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Best Mother Daughter Movies (2018) See more »

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Luto
Written by Hector Buitrago / Andrea Echeverri
Performed by Aterciopelados
Courtesy of BMG Latin
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8 May 2004 | by GrrrlViciousSee all my reviews

A coming of age story in which Ana (America Ferrera) deals with the effects of tradition, gender, social class and race on her future and on her family. The cinematic gaze on Ana is that she is a healthy sized Latin woman with curves and intelligence coming from a lower class family. Certain stereotypes of Latin people and women are reinforced in this movie in the form of Ana's mother, Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros) and sister, Estela (Ingrid Oliu), which are then in turn critiqued by Ana. For example, Ana's sister owns a clothing sweat-shop which relies on the upper class white people for everything. Estela fears the upper/dominant/powerful class, while Ana confronts them and makes her demands perfectly clear without compromising herself. Ana's mother has revolved her life around getting married and raising a family, while Ana refuses to compromise her future and dreams by taking a husband and household on before she really wants to.

The movie revolves primarily around Ana's college application. This is the plot device whose effects progress the film. The scholarship to the University is dependent upon the fact that Ana is a minority, and without the scholarship, Ana and her family make it clear that they could not financially afford to send Ana to college, which would then reproduce stereotypes of women and minorities of being less financially stable.

Eventually, both despite and with the help of her gender, race and social and economic class, Ana is able to advance herself and develop a sense of confidence in herself and her identity.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$183,772, 20 October 2002

Gross USA:

$5,853,194

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,777,790
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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