How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2008)



Critic Consensus: At turns comical and sincere, Garcia Girls is an intelligent and intimate portrait of three women finding love at different ages.

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Georgina Garcia Riedel's comedy How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer stars Lucy Gallardo, Elizabeth Peņa, and America Ferrara as three generations in a family. Teenager Blanca (Ferrara) detests the boys in her small town and takes on a boyfriend from another town in the hopes that he might be different. Her mother, Rosa (Peņa), is so sexually frustrated that she begins to put the moves on her best friend's husband, a man who has had an ongoing problem with sexual fidelity. Rosa's mother, Dona … More

Rating: R (for sexual content and some language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Georgina Riedel, Georgina Garcia Riedel
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On DVD: Aug 12, 2008
Box Office: $91.4k
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as Lolita Garcia

as Blanca Garcia

as Dona Genoveva Garcia

as Jose Luis

as Sal's Uncle

as Victor Reyes

as Doņa Loda

as Soap Opera Actor

as Soap Opera Actress

as Father Miguel

as Father Miguel

as Old Man

as Oswaldo
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Critic Reviews for How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

While there are rewards to sticking with this tempest-in-teapot saga of sexual awakening across three family generations of Mexican-American women, its pacing is leisurely to the brink of stasis.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Another victory for a first-time, full-length feature filmmaker with a curious, inventive eye and an unsparing point of view.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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Riedel reveals herself to be a novice filmmaker, especially in the pacing of most scenes.

Full Review… | July 24, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
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Like Blanca and her friends, walking languidly down the street, then spontaneousy grabbing a shopping cart for a ride, Reidel plays with the rhythm of her enjoyably unhurried tale.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Denver Post
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Leisurely paced but lovely and touching.

May 19, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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The film is sensitively told and appealingly bittersweet, though the story at times meanders and loses its way.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

Excellent film about three generations of Latina women struggling with their sexuality. Contrary to what young people think, old people need love and comfort as well. There were moments that made this viewer cringe, (no, not the sex, which was pretty tame) and others that had me laughing out loud. In this small town, everyone's secrets are well-known and the options for love are limited. But each of these women learns something about herself and about each other that just resonated for this viewer. The three lead actresses, America Ferrera (Blanca), Elizabeth Pena (Lolita), and Lucy Gallardo (Dona Geneveva) were marvelous. America is fast becoming a favorite and I am glad to see her tackling such meaty roles. She has a classic beauty that I find entrancing. A real woman, indeed.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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It was an interesting story about 3 generations of women. Gotta love AZ!

Erin Collins

Super Reviewer


Great movie. An interesting story plot that surrounds the everyday lives of a family of three Hispanic women: a grandmother, mother, and a granddaugther. Great cast- America Ferrera and Elizabeth Pena are phenomenal. Definitely worth seeing.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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