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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eliana Alexander ... Nora
Roman Arabia ... Oswaldo (as Victor Wolf)
David Barrera ... Sal's Uncle
Steven Bauer ... Victor Reyes
Alek Carrera Alek Carrera ... Soap Opera Actor
Ana Cervantes Ana Cervantes ... Doña Loda
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Don Pedro
Patricia De Leon ... Soap Opera Actress
Marina Dena-Santo Marina Dena-Santo ... Cuka
Alyssa Diaz ... Rose
Ricki Lopez Ricki Lopez ... Father Miguel
Leo Minaya ... Sal


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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,432, 18 May 2008
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Company Credits

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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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Good, but not great
26 January 2005 | by ArizWldcatSee all my reviews

We saw this film at Sundance, and looked forward to seeing it as it was filmed in our favorite state! The idea of the story is a good one, and there were many scenes that worked well. However, some editing is needed here. The movie is much too long (over 2 hours) and parts of it just dragged by. The filmmaker had lots to say, but much of what was said in the movie could have easily been shown in a much shorter version. Many scenes went on and on when we got the idea in the first few seconds. The dialog was stilted and unnatural in several scenes, which was distracting. There were some side stories that were completely unnecessary to the main idea of the film. However, the performances by the 3 lead actresses were wonderful, and the three of them make this movie worth watching.

*note* I see that I am in the "hated it" category for reviews. I didn't hate the movie, I just thought it was a bit flawed.

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