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How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tedious drama wastes its promise despite strong acting.

Movie R 2008 128 minutes
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You'd think the film's subject matter would make for an engrossing movie, but not so. Though the acting's fantastic, particularly the film's three leads, HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER is tedious. It has so much potential -- it covers new ground by looking at intergenerational ennui, one of the reasons it may have won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival -- but turns out unoriginal.

Some scenes dawdle for far too long, gumming up the works. Moments that ought to have been dramatic seem forced, and long before the film is over we sadly stop caring. Except perhaps for the gaggle of male retirees whose observations, spliced into the main story, elicit much-needed interest.

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