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How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2008)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 6

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


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 3

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


Drama, Comedy


Georgina Garcia Riedel

Aug 12, 2008


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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.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Another victory for a first-time, full-length feature filmmaker with a curious, inventive eye and an unsparing point of view.

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

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Stylistically, the film takes risks before veering into an odd sort of studied artiness.

October 18, 2008
Palo Alto Weekly

Pena has a great role and delivers her best performance since Lone Star in 1996.

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Oregonian

A lovingly crafted portrait of a kind of life not often seen on the big screen.

June 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Although the story is overly familiar, Riedel's evocation of small-town life rings true.

May 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Giant Magazine
Giant Magazine

This is a movie with wonderful, strong performances from three very talented women.

May 20, 2008 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

It's a smart little film, although there are some odd cinematographic moments --- curious, at best. And at two hours plus, the movie runs at least 20 minutes too long.

May 20, 2008 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

If your taste is for movies off the beaten path, run out and see this one before it disappears.

May 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers
Houston Community Newspapers

A tenderly spun tale of female sexual desire traversing three generations of Latina women north of the border, the movie is crafted glowingly from a woman's point of view, and with supreme sensitivity, dignity, warmth, sadness and humor.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

With the Garcia Girls, Riedel will take the right audiences someplace this summer.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Riedel's film is a breakthrough achievement and a hopeful sign of more to come.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Garcia Riedel is affectionate toward her characters to a fault - cameras linger as they walk down the street or make other prosaic moves, dragging the already sluggish story's pacing even more -- but she does get some lovely behavior out of each actress.

May 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

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.
October 18, 2008
Mark Abell

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It was an interesting story about 3 generations of women. Gotta love AZ!
August 28, 2009

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.
September 21, 2008
Leo L

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