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Movie name : - Girl in progress

Release date :- 11th may,2012

A deconstructionist take on the teenaged coming-of-age story, director Patricia Riggen’s fair adaptation of Hiram Martinez’s screenplay makes bold commentary on immigrant culture and values in America.


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Grace (Eva Mendes) is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford (Matthew Modine), to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Raini Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to “adulthood”. But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.

Fans who liked the Amber Brown books when they were younger will enjoy this one. It’s light, and has many funny moments and believable characters. There is nothing serious or deep about the tone of this one, though some serious issues are touched upon to move the plot along quickly. Joe has some problems at home, and there is a frightening scare with some Halloween candy Agnes eats. For the most part, though, this is simple and light reading for fourth, fifth and sixth graders.

Reviews of this movie (10th may,2012) :- Smart girls do stupid things, there’s no doubt about it. But Ansiedad’s bad behavior is supposed to be both faux and earnest, a premise that doesn’t jell.

Earnest but forced, [it] has its heart in the right place, but is conspicuously short on brain power.

It plays with the idea that all rebellion is in some sense performed and makes a caricature out of the immature, attention-hungry mother, but it never liberates its characters from their molds.

This family melodrama is not effective as a star vehicle for the beautiful Eva Mendes, or as a coming of age in the particular context of Hispanic culture.

Reviews of this movie (11th may,2012) :- Any attempt to provide insight into various real-life issues, such as teenage rebellion or the perils of single motherhood, is compromised by the film’s predicable reliance on feel-good sentimentality.

It wants audiences to know it’s in on the joke though it’s not always apparent that there even is a joke in the first place.

Progress acknowledges clichés but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along.

Coming-of-age story cautions against forcing adulthood.

Coming-of-age tale has a lot of appealing elements which help counteract its weaknesses.

It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching.

While Girl In Progress isn’t a bad film, it just isn’t good enough to really say anything all that meaningful about the task of becoming an adult in a challenging world.

Girl in Progress is an old story about a young girl told in a smart way, and that’s something you don’t see every day, no matter how many times you think you’ve seen it before.

The direction … doesn’t do justice to the fairly novel concept of a young woman consciously constructing her own coming-of-age scenario.

A comedy-drama that veers between silly and serious but can’t reconcile the opposing tones.