How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

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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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In a small Arizona town, the Garcia girls experience the joys and rigors of romantic love over the course of a summer. Grandmother Dona (Lucy Gallardo), head of the family, begins a relationship with her driving instructor, while her daughter, Lolita (Elizabeth Peña), tries to decide between getting involved with a co-worker or a married man. Meanwhile, teenager Blanca (America Ferrera) isn't interested in the unsophisticated local boys and falls for an exciting out-of-towner.

Cast

Elizabeth Peña
as Lolita Garcia
America Ferrera
as Blanca Garcia
Lucy Gallardo
as Dona Genoveva Garcia
Rick Najera
as Jose Luis
David Barrera
as Sal's Uncle
Steven Bauer
as Victor Reyes
Ana Cervantes
as Doña Loda
Alek Carrera
as Soap Opera Actor
Patricia De Leon
as Soap Opera Actress
Ricky Lopez
as Father Miguel
Ricki Lopez
as Father Miguel
Ruben Moreno
as Old Man
Victor Wolf
as Oswaldo
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Critic Reviews for How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (6)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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

    Dennis Harvey

    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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Riedel reveals herself to be a novice filmmaker, especially in the pacing of most scenes.

    July 24, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4
  • Leisurely paced but lovely and touching.

    May 19, 2008

Audience Reviews for How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

  • Aug 28, 2009
    It was an interesting story about 3 generations of women. Gotta love AZ!
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2008
    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 A Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2008
    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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