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This slice-of-life story of a teenage girl in Echo Park is both a sweet crowd-pleaser and a perceptive look at socioeconomic community issues.



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A Hispanic teenager travels the rough road to adult responsibility earlier than she expected in this independent drama. Magdalena (Emily Rios) is a young Latina who is looking forward to her upcoming quinceañera celebration -- the 15th birthday party that marks the passage into adulthood for Mexican-American women. Magdalena's expectations are raised by the lavish party her older cousin Eileen (Alicia Sixtos) gets for the occasion, but Magdalena's mother (Araceli Guzman-Rico) and father (Jesus Castanos-Chima) insist on a lower-key affair that will focus on the more responsible aspects of grown-up life. However, Magdalena gets a crash course in that subject when she discovers she's pregnant with the child of her boyfriend, Herman (J.R. Cruz); life at home becomes unbearable for her, and she leaves to live with her more sympathetic uncle, Tio Thomas (Chalo Gonzalez). Home for Tio Thomas and Magdalena is a small apartment in a building owned by James (Jason L. Wood) and Gary (David W. Ross), a gay couple looking to gentrify the neighborhood. Magdalena strikes up a friendship with her cousin Carlos (Jesse Garcia), a roughneck teen with a good heart who is also on the outs with his family when they discover he's experimenting with his sexuality. Produced in part by Todd Haynes, Quinceañera received its premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

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Emily Rios
as Magdalena
J.R. Cruz
as Herman
Chalo Gonzalez
as Tio Tomas
Germán Campos
as Chambelàn
Johnny Chavez
as Uncle Walter
Carmen Aguirre
as Aunt Silvia
German Zavala
as The Quinceañera's Male Escort
Aris Mendoza
as Jasmine
Alicia Flamenco
as Aunt Isabella
Bertha Flamenco
as Aunt Sandra
James Claude
as Stephen
Danny Vasquez
as Alejandro
Hector Quevedo
as Dancing Boy
Carlos Linares
as Videographer
Margarita Lugo
as Aunt Candy
Veronica Sixtos
as Young Girl
Alex Sánchez
as Uncle Juan
Jasiel Flamenco
as Magdelena's Brother
Blanca Reyes
as Maria's Mother
Bob Murphy
as Flirty Guy
Daniel Vasquez
as Alejandro
Anthony Mendoza
as Bass Player
Martha Orloff
as Neighbor
Teresa-Michelle Ruiz
as Herman's Mother
Terah Gisolo
as Punky Girl
Laura Ann Masura
as Alternative Girl
Andy Bishop
as Dinner Party Guest
Ingrid Eggertsen
as Artsy Woman
Art Aroustamian
as Car Wash Manager
Angela Muller
as Frantic Lady
Yvonne Mojica-Nelson
as Melancholy Lady
Yvonne Majica-Nelson
as Melancholy Lady
Johnny B.
as Slumlord
Nancy Badillo
as The Quinceañera Court
Leslie Campos
as The Quinceañera Court
Mario Galvez
as The Quinceañera Court
Mercia García
as The Quinceañera Court
Diego Pablo
as The Quinceañera Court
Jason Rodriguez
as The Quinceañera Court
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Critic Reviews for Quinceañera

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (37)

  • Touching, charming and very engagingly played, it offers perceptive insights into LA Latino culture as well as solid, slightly old-fashioned entertainment.

    Sep 28, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The storytelling remains less than satisfying, particularly the ending.

    Sep 23, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The setting and the people in it make Quinceanera a party worth an RSVP.

    Sep 15, 2006 | Rating: 3/5
  • It feels awkward, both in the pat screenplay and the uneven direction.

    Aug 31, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • You realize that, while pretending to break ground, Quinceañera is ultimately stuck in familiar Hollywood formulas.

    Aug 31, 2006 | Rating: C+
  • [Has]courage to look realistically, instead of idealistically, at some dubious civic practices; and second, honesty about the painful feelings of kids coupled with their desperate need for love and guidance and their ultimate desire to do the right thing.

    Aug 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Quinceañera

I like the plot but it was lacking something.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

Impressive acting all round, the story?s focus is on being an outsider within a community and is a pretty original idea, however my advice would be not to read the synopsis before watching, as it is a bit of a story spoiler. This is certainly not a movie made for teens, it will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys realistic Drama.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

It was pretty good. I liked the ending.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

This movie was a lot more serious than i was expecting. Every minute is entertaining and full of heart. It was refreshing to see a gay latino thug on film handled so well. The ending is a little abrupt, but it makes sense. I love Mexicans!

Joey Nevarez
Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer

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