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How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005)

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Three generations of women in a Mexican American family experience sexual awakenings over the course of a summer.


Georgina Garcia Riedel (as Georgina Riedel)


Georgina Garcia Riedel (as Georgina Riedel)
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Credited cast:
Elizabeth Peña ... Lolita
America Ferrera ... Blanca
Lucy Gallardo ... Dona Genoveva
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Don Pedro
Rick Najera ... Jose Luis
Leo Minaya ... Sal
Steven Bauer ... Victor Reyes
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Roman Arabia ... Oswaldo (as Victor Wolf)
David Barrera ... Sal's Uncle
Alek Carrera Alek Carrera ... Soap Opera Actor
Ana Cervantes Ana Cervantes ... Doña Loda
Patricia De Leon ... Soap Opera Actress
Marina Dena-Santo Marina Dena-Santo ... Cuka
Alyssa Diaz ... Rose


Three generations of women in a Mexican American family experience sexual awakenings over the course of a summer.

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Love and sex. Some things just get better with age.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como as Garotas Garcia Passaram o Verão See more »

Filming Locations:

Brawley, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,432, 18 May 2008

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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i totally disagree with the majority of what's being said here
18 November 2005 | by myrealmyspaceSee all my reviews

I normally don't write reviews but after reading some of the negative things about HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER I felt inclined to say something. I've seen this film twice now. Once at Sundance and then more recently at the Latino Internation Film Festival. Both times I can't help but get caught up in the sheer scope of the film. Normally scope is applied to a movie that covers a ton of different locations and makes the audience think that they've wandered the globe. That's not what this scope is. The scope here (and maybe that's the wrong word) is that the audience feels like we're part of this small town. We feel it's inner workings, we feel what life is like there, like we live there (not unlike what LONESTAR felt like.) It's fully imagined and is a total compliment to Riedel's strength as a director. Yes, the film isn't conventional as in it doesn't lay out everything in a tight, conventional structure...but I don't think that it's meant to. I think it was meant to again, let the audience get a taste of this small town, let us see what it feels like so when the characters in this film start to experience love, we feel how much it means to them because we live there too. Because it's the little things in life that make us happy, change us...and that's what this film is about and does so well. It shows us all this, but in a realistic way. In a way that US audiences aren't used to being shown. It's a strong vision with good writing, good acting, and a lot of heart. That's not say that it's an art movie either that's going to bore you. Because it doesn't. What it does is transport you to a definite time and place and does so in an entertaining way. Seriously. The humour here is great and again, dealt with in a realistic way, so that when things happen, we can relate. At least I could. And so could the two audiences I saw it with. People complain about not having any real movies, movies that aren't cookie cutter, and that are different. This is all of the above and something that I think most people would enjoy if they just give it a shot.

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