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.

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer Videos

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer Photos

Movie Info

Georgina Garcia Riedel's comedy How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer stars Lucy Gallardo, Elizabeth Peña, 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 (Peña), 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 (Gallardo), embarrasses her daughter by refusing to settle down into a quiet elderly life. The 80-year-old takes driving lessons from a local gardener, although their relationship turns out to be far more. This film was screened in competition at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
R (for sexual content and some language)
Comedy , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:

Watch it now


Elizabeth Peña
as Lolita Garcia
America Ferrera
as Blanca Garcia
Lucy Gallardo
as Dona Genoveva Garcia
Jorge Cervera Jr.
as Don Pedro
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
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (12)

No excerpt available.

November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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 17, 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 17, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Riedel reveals herself to be a novice filmmaker, especially in the pacing of most scenes.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Leisurely paced but lovely and touching.

May 19, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer


An interesting take on the usual melodramatic, sentimental woman-centric ethnic period piece. Worth the watch.

Miss Jamie
Miss Jamie

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

Erin Collins
Erin Collins

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

Discussion Forum

Discuss How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer on our Movie forum!

News & Features