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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

R | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2003 (USA)
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A Lower East Side teen-ager struggles to find some sanity while surrounded by an eccentric grandmother, a crazy new girlfriend, and a longing younger brother.

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Peter Sollett

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Peter Sollett (story), Peter Sollett | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Rasuk ... Victor
Donna Maldonado Donna Maldonado ... Donna
Kevin Rivera Kevin Rivera ... Harold
Krystal Rodriguez Krystal Rodriguez ... Vicki
Judy Marte ... Judy
Melonie Diaz ... Melonie
Matthew Roberts Matthew Roberts ... Hector
Alexander Garcia Alexander Garcia ... Al
John Ramos John Ramos ... Macho
Theresa Martinez Theresa Martinez ... Judy's Mom
Altagracia Guzman Altagracia Guzman ... Grandma
Silvestre Rasuk Silvestre Rasuk ... Nino
Wilfree Vasquez Wilfree Vasquez ... Carlos
Randy Luna Randy Luna ... Pool Boy #3
Jeff Knite Jeff Knite ... Pool Boy #4 (as Jeff Asencio)
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Storyline

Victor is growing up on the Lower East Side and is at the age where he is driven by desire and unchained by maturity. His image as a ladies man is shattered when he is found in Fat Donna's bedroom. Soon, as a result of his sister's big mouth, the whole Dominican community knows. Full of confidence, Victor sets out to reclaim his image by winning Judy. Judy proves to be elusive and difficult. Victor persists, and with a surprising tenderness, ultimately wins Judy's heart. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Long Way Home See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,166, 30 March 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,073,984, 10 August 2003
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The film's working title was "Long Way Home". See more »

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Vicki: [to Victor] You'll always be known as Fat Donna's man. And that shit *will*... be funny.
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No Reality Here, Just Pretension
15 April 2006 | by Richard_HollinsonSee all my reviews

What a bad, bad film!!! I can't believe all the hype that has been lavished on this pretentious, amateurish excuse for a real movie!! I left the theater before the end, stunned by how bad the direction and camera-work of that movie were!! And to read adoring paeans that claim there is truth and reality in this film when all it is in reality is a brazen attempt at pulling the wool over the eyes of reviewers and festivals by being cheap and tawdry.

At least this film showed me once and for all that the Sundance Festival has become a complete joke and that being shown here is more a label of bad film-making than anything else.

Avoid at all costs. You'll want your time back! I know I did.


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