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Quinceañera (2006)

R | | Drama | 5 July 2006 (France)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesus Castanos ... Ernesto (as Jesus Castanos Chima)
... Maria
... Magdalena
... Herman
Listette Avila ... Jessica
... Eileen May Garcia
Hector Quevedo ... Dancing Boy
Germán Campos ... Chambelàn (as German Zavala)
... Videographer
... Uncle Walter
... Aunt Silvia
Margarita Lugo ... Aunt Candy
Jorge Ortiz ... DJ
... Young Girl
... Carlos
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Magdalena is 14 and anxiously awaiting her 15th birthday where she'll celebrate her quinceañera. Her world starts to crumble when she discovers her pregnancy after not being able to fit in her gown for her quinceañera. 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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5 July 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Echo Park, L.A.  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,400, 6 August 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,689,999, 5 November 2006
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2.35 : 1
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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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When Herman describes his busy weekend, he states that he is taking his AP History exam on Saturday. AP exams are only given on weekdays. See more »

Quotes

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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References Kicking & Screaming (2005) See more »

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Pica Pica
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
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Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Quinceanera
1 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This Sundance award winning film refreshingly addresses the Latino/American culture as experienced in the Echo Park area of L.A. Some themes running throughout are coming of age through the exciting wedding-like Quinceanera celebrating the 15th birthday of Latino girls. I was impressed by the honesty and goodness of each character in their chosen lifestyles. Spirituality runs throughout the formalized services headed by Magdalena's father(the serious but judgmental religious type)to the nonjudgmental Tio Tomas' acceptance and love given to all, regardless of circumstances, lifestyle, or "sin."

Echo Park culture is shown to make the most of what they have, without self-pity or whining. This movie should make the big screen for it's flair, artistry, honesty, and empathy for our country's largest minority, under-represented till now. Hooray for Quinceanera! It's joyful and a and real "upper."


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