Real Women Have Curves details
|Starring:||Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu, America Ferrera|
Real Women Have Curves
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||04 Aug 2003|
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Real Women, Real Curves, Really goodBy Nigel Burris from Basildon, Essex , 28 Feb 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]If My Big Fat Greek Wedding was the fairytale corner of the ethnic romantic comedy market, then Real Women Have Curves is the realistic version. Ana is young, curvy in all the places it is 'unacceptable' to have curves, and faced with the problem of winning over her parents to the idea of going to college. It's more of a coming-of-age movie, but along the way it has a lot to say about families, personal responsibility, and freedoms. It's funny, uplifting, and while it can be a little cliched (Ana's mother is much like the grandmother from Raising Victor Vargas) it will leave you with a big smile on your face.
A word of warning, though: in parts of this film the characters speak their native language (Mexican), and there are no subtitles - they're just not available. It happens mostly in the first half hour. You can still work out the meaning of what's being said - the quality of the acting is very good - but any subtleties are lost. It's a shame, as it might put some viewers off from watching the whole film.
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A celebration of a movieBy Froniga (33 reviews) from England , 19 Dec 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]A lovely, low-key film with some gorgeous moments. In many ways it's a coming of age movie set over one hot LA summer, but where it's most interesting is portraying the tensions between college-bound teenage Ana (America Ferrera) and her more conservative Mexican-American family. The character of Ana's mother seems to me a little over-blown, but the rest of the family, especially Ana's sister, have a lot of depth. The heart of the film for me is not Ana's first romance, which seems almost incidental, but her relationship with the women she works with over the summer in her sister's sweatshop sewing factory. The moment when they dance around celebrating the gorgeous diversity of their women's bodies is fabulous. Real sisterhood, hackneyed as that phrase might sound!
nice movieBy mandsz (3 reviews) from London , 10 Jul 2011Love this movie. The only problem I have is with the end.I wanted to know what happened to Anna and her family..I don't like the way it ended.
It was worth watching againBy a customer from Birmingham, England , 11 May 2009Saw this film on TV several years ago with my (then) teen-age daughter. Wasn't sure it would be as good without her to play things off of. It was though. My only gripe was that I'd forgot how much was in Spanish - my copy of the DVD had subtitles, so it wasn't a major problem. Good film, mixed emotions about the ending.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008What a marvellous film! I really enjoyed watching this film. I found it refreshing to see a film like this where the main heroine was Hispanic, intelligent, self-assured and definitely curvy far removed from the stick-thin American teenage actresses who grace our screens from time to time.America Ferrara who plays Ana gives a wonderful performance and there are excellent performances from the cast all round. I think the underlying message of this film is being true to yourself and not being frightened to overcome your circumstances in life to live life to the full. I liked the way Ana stood up for herself and to her mother and family and embraced the American Dream by going to Columbia University in the end especially as her family were sceptical about having such high aspirations.I highly recommend this film to anyone to see especially any teenage girls suffering from low self-esteem. Watch Ana and embrace the woman that you are!
Real thingBy a customer from Coventry , 16 Jun 2008I really liked this film.america is really good,but the story is brilliant coz' its real and it happens.I recommend this film.