Girl In Progress (2012)
Critic Consensus: Despite a well-intentioned and novel premise, Girl in Progress is plagued by jarring tonal shifts and does little to break its characters out of cliché.
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It wants audiences to know it's in on the joke though it's not always apparent that there even is a joke in the first place.
Progress acknowledges clichés but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along.
It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching.
The direction ... doesn't do justice to the fairly novel concept of a young woman consciously constructing her own coming-of-age scenario.
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All in all I liked it. Cute, yet sometimes serious. Very chick flickish, though. I have a teenage daughter, so I am sure that helped my attraction to this movie. Still, I thought that it was well done...
Girl In Progress is a film based on a strained mother and daughter relationship. Grace is quite a mess at motherhood. She got pregnant young and was kicked out of her mothers house to do it all on her own. It isn't easy and she doesn't make it any easier on herself. She's not a present mother and leaves Ansiedad on her own a lot. She's involved with a married man who she works as a maid for. She hasn't made the best choices and I really don't think she knows how to be a mother since she really didn't have much of one either. Ansiedad has decided she wants to speed her teenage years up and go straight into adulthood so she can leave her mother behind. But when her choices start back firing on her she finds herself to be even more alone then she started out being. The acting was OK and the story was interesting enough, but still it wasn't great. I probably wouldn't see this again.
The idea of a self-aware young woman consciously staging her own coming-of-age story is a clever and novel concept and I enjoyed watching it play out. Ansiedad is the intelligent young woman who attempts to manufacture herself into adulthood by forcing herself through various "rites of passage" and rebelling against authority. The problem with all her screaming for attention is that we don't see the relationship between mother and daughter as volatile as it needs to be in order to set off the expedition. What I do like about the movie is the sweet, adorble, and talented Cierra Ramirez (who reminds me of a Latino Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and her portrayal of Ansiedad. She's a likeable character and your routing for her even though she's pretty clueless about what it takes to grow up. You can't help cheering for her and cringing when she gets into scrapes. Meanwhile, Eva Mendes' character is the one who really needs to grow up. She sleeps with a married man and doesn't apologize to her daughter for her childlike behavior. It's a feel-good, moral-at-the-end movie.
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