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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subtitle hellBy kezandpod (14 reviews) from Nottingham , 06 Dec 2007Started watching this film & didnt realise it was going to have lots of spanish dialogue. Didnt turn the subtitles on & didnt even think about turning them on so stopped it 40 mins into it..... only dawned on me after id sent it back doh!
Like the idea, may be worth viewing, but it just missesBy a customer from E. Sussex, UK , 20 Oct 2007like the central theme, some good moments, great acting. Although the film as a whole just misses for me, it's still worth a viewing.
Language let downBy a customer from Oldham , 24 Feb 2007While I can appreaciate the fact that Mexican is spoken quite a lot in this film it would have been useful to have been given the choice of having subtitles. I can't decide whether I like this film or not as I missed a lot of what was going on due to the language spoken, hence the low mark. In this day you would expect that even if the film doesn't automatically come with subtitles, that you would at least be given the option on the dvd to chose to have subtitles.
Solid comimg of age dramaBy a customer from London , 03 Feb 2007Firstly this isn't a comedy, it is a family drama with a light touch and a few comic moments.
Yes the plot is familiar, but the setting among LAs immigrant Mexican cimmunity, some strong performance particulalrly from America Ferrara, and a decent script all make it a worthwile watch
Bouncy fun but where are the subtitles ?By SamFromMaidenhead (257 reviews) from Maidenhead , 20 Jan 2007A story that basically boils down about a cultural clash between daughter and mother. Both roles are played brilliantly. America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros as the mother Lupe deliver a very strong performance and it becomes very easy to get engrossed in their little conflict of wills. Like many independent films the strength comes from the plot. The curvy Ana Garcia goes through rites of passage - first she discovers she is not all ugly (far from it) and secondly she learns to stand up to her conservative and arrogant mother. A superb film terribly let down by the fact approx. 25% is in Spanish. That would be OK if I could speak it but given the DVD came with no subtitles you are left surmising what was said through body language alone. A let down in what could have been a superb night in DVD.