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Real Women Have Curves

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Smart coming-of-age drama addresses body image.

Movie PG-13 2002 85 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Enjoyable movie that spans worlds

I first learned about America Ferrera this weekend listening to an interview with Krista Tippett on the podcast On Being. I was so impressed, I wanted to watch a movie of hers and this one stood out. She also mentioned it in her interview. This movie was such a delight and so poignant -- showing what life is like for many people I know who have similar immigrant and refugee backgrounds. Honestly, it reminded me of what happens in many other poor places as well, such as rural white America that I grew up in. I highly recommend this film!

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This is a welcome addition to the great pantheon of teen heroine movies. Like Pretty in Pink, this film encourages young girls to follow their dreams and rewards them with both the boy and scholastic success. And, like the warmly human Quinceañera, it shows a teenage girl who isn't white, rich, and pampered.

Ana's teen angst has a profound purpose. She's trying to learn to love herself in a world where the dresses she irons are for people far smaller than she is and that will be sold for far more than she can afford. These clashes make for encounters that will be familiar to the parents of most teenagers. In the end, the heavy-handed monologues in Real Women Have Curves -- presumably a remnant of the film's life as a stage play -- are tempered by Ferrera's compassionate and earnest performance.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 8, 2002
  • On DVD or streaming: April 22, 2003
  • Cast: America Ferrera , Ingrid Oliu , Lupe Ontiveros
  • Director: Patricia Cardoso
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Latino directors, Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Character Strengths: Integrity
  • Run time: 85 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual content and some language.
  • Last updated: August 17, 2022

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