Girl In Progress

2012

Girl In Progress

Critics Consensus

Despite a well-intentioned and novel premise, Girl in Progress is plagued by jarring tonal shifts and does little to break its characters out of cliché.

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Grace (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 (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. -- (C) Pantelion

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  • Oct 18, 2012
    The idea of a self-aware young woman consciously staging her own coming-of-age story is a clever and novel concept and I enjoyed watching it play out. Ansiedad is the intelligent young woman who attempts to manufacture herself into adulthood by forcing herself through various "rites of passage" and rebelling against authority. The problem with all her screaming for attention is that we don't see the relationship between mother and daughter as volatile as it needs to be in order to set off the expedition. What I do like about the movie is the sweet, adorble, and talented Cierra Ramirez (who reminds me of a Latino Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and her portrayal of Ansiedad. She's a likeable character and your routing for her even though she's pretty clueless about what it takes to grow up. You can't help cheering for her and cringing when she gets into scrapes. Meanwhile, Eva Mendes' character is the one who really needs to grow up. She sleeps with a married man and doesn't apologize to her daughter for her childlike behavior. It's a feel-good, moral-at-the-end movie.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2012
    All in all I liked it. Cute, yet sometimes serious. Very chick flickish, though. I have a teenage daughter, so I am sure that helped my attraction to this movie. Still, I thought that it was well done...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2012
    A Tale of Acting Up, Acting Out, and Acting Your Age. Good movie! The movie starts off slow and a bit quirky. At times it even feels like it is trying to hard to be something its not. Then somewhere in the middle, it drops the quirky and the story develops. I became invested and began to care for the characters.The acting was good. Both main actresses do a great job in their roles as mother and daughter. As an educator myself, I see these types of mothers and daughters almost every school year. It was nice seeing their story be told and also one from Latin roots.I would recommend this movie because at the end of it all, you leave the movie with some thoughts and emotions tied to the characters. 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.
    Manu G Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2012
    Girl In Progress takes a good cast and places them in an unoriginal story with an unoriginal script. It makes sure to cover all the standard cliches for a movie like this. The cast is so strong that they almost make it work in spite of the bad story. Eva Mendes and Cierra Ramirez have good chemistry as the mother and daughter struggling to make sense of their lives. Each gave very good individual performances. Cierra Ramirez did a very good job for someone having so little screen time. Matthew Modine and Patricia Arquette come out of big screen obscurity to give two good supporting performances. There's no need to spend money on Girl In Progress, but that doesn't mean fans of coming of age stories shouldn't watch it on a movie channel or regular TV when it's aired.
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