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.
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Critic Reviews for How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
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.
Another victory for a first-time, full-length feature filmmaker with a curious, inventive eye and an unsparing point of view.
Riedel reveals herself to be a novice filmmaker, especially in the pacing of most scenes.
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.
Leisurely paced but lovely and touching.
The film is sensitively told and appealingly bittersweet, though the story at times meanders and loses its way.
Audience Reviews for How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
It was an interesting story about 3 generations of women. Gotta love AZ!
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.
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.
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