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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Grace (Mendes) is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford (Matthew Modine), to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad's English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Raini Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to "adulthood". But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age. -- (C) Pantelion
PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, sexual content including crude references, and drinking - all involving teens)
Comedy , Drama
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Eva Mendes
as Grace
Matthew Modine
as Dr. Harford
Cierra Ramirez
as Ansiedad
Patricia Arquette
as Ms. Armstrong
Eugenio Derbez
as Mission Impossible
Brenna O'Brien
as Valerie
Ana Maria Estrada
as Tavita's Mom
Kendall Cross
as Alice Harford
Blu Mankuma
as Principal
Rady Panov
as Ferguson
Colin Foo
as Lo Mein
Lesley Ewan
as Nurse
Patti Allan
as Woman
Sean Mathieson
as Boy George
June B. Wilde
as Dream Teacher
Sean Campbell
as Uniformed Officer
Sean Michael Kyer
as Harford's Son
Michael P. Northey
as Alpha Male
Lossen Chambers
as Lady Customer
Tiere Skovkye
as Jezabel
Richard Harmon
as Bay Boy
Mario Casoria
as Gardener
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Critic Reviews for Girl In Progress

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (19)

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.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Progress acknowledges clichés but has little interest in actually subverting them, instead growing more predictable and sentimental as it goes along.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Top Critic

It never gives us a character we truly care about, or a consistent reason for watching.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Girl in Progress seems like a work in progress.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
USA Today
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The direction ... doesn't do justice to the fairly novel concept of a young woman consciously constructing her own coming-of-age scenario.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
New York Post
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A comedy-drama that veers between silly and serious but can't reconcile the opposing tones.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Girl In Progress

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...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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.


Super Reviewer

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.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

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