As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school.

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Patricia Riggen

Writer:

Hiram Martinez (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva Mendes ... Grace
Matthew Modine ... Dr. Harford
Cierra Ramirez ... Ansiedad
Patricia Arquette ... Ms. Armstrong
Eugenio Derbez ... Mission Impossible
Raini Rodriguez ... Tavita
Russell Peters ... Emile
Landon Liboiron ... Trevor
Brenna O'Brien ... Valerie
Ana Maria Estrada ... Tavita's Mom
Kendall Cross ... Alice Harford
Dana Michael Woods ... Gilliam
Robin Douglas ... Olga
Jocelyne Loewen ... Becky
Blu Mankuma ... Principal
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Storyline

Ansiedad has always hated the fact that her mom Grace was never mature or responsible. After getting used to taking care of her mom instead of the other way around Ansiedad decides to become an adult in every way possible. With that in mind she creates an outrageous list of all the things she needs to accomplish in order to become an adult. This coming of age story shows that growing up is never as easy as it seems and that the best thing to do is stay put.

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A tale of acting up, acting out, and acting your age. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content including crude references, and drinking - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Goofs

When Ansiedad starts running after she goes to Dr. Harford's house, she passes the car twice. See more »

Quotes

Ansiedad: I'm just here because I need somebody to recognize my potential and then watch helplessly as I throw it all away.
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Connections

References Mission: Impossible (1966) See more »

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Mis Amistades
(uncredited)
Written by Espinoza Paz
Performed by Espinoza Paz
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What a beautiful, sensitive change!
5 December 2012 | by rawiri42See all my reviews

Girl in _Progress is actually a very simple, straightforward story about a young girl doing her best to cope with her own adolescence as well as her not-much-older mother who, in actual fact, is doing almost the same thing. Due to her history (harsh, non-understanding mother), Grace (Eva Mendes), is desperately trying to find the love that she didn't get when she was Amiestad's age - and why shouldn't she?

I suspect that this movie is a lot closer to real life than a lot of viewers realise. Teenagers forget that their parents have given them the very best years of their lives form the time they were born right up to the time they think they know everything - and then some more! Fortunately Amiestad realises this a lot sooner than many kids her age but not before hurting her bet friend unforgivably (even though her best friend DOES forgive her!)

In this film, mother is only about 34 or 35 and still a beautiful woman who has the very same needs as her daughter - although her daughter (initially) totally fails to recognise that fact. Like many teenagers, she thinks that the world revolves around her - but it doesn't and, at least in this movie, she finds out before it's too late.

I would suggest that this should be compulsory viewing for all adolescent kids but I fear that, in a lot of cases, they would shrug their shoulders and just say, "Whatever!"

As Ned Kelly said when told he was to be hanged at ten o'clock the next morning, "Such is life!"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 August 2012 (Bulgaria) See more »

Also Known As:

Ansiedad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,384,078, 13 May 2012

Gross USA:

$2,609,412

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,709,246
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color | Black and White (fantasy sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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