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Quinceañera (2006)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R (for language, some sexual content and drug use)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 9, 2007
Box Office: $1.5M
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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 Ma...
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
Jasiel Flamenco
as Magdelena's Brother
Alex Sánchez
as Uncle Juan
Blanca Reyes
as Maria's Mother
Bob Murphy
as Flirty Guy
Daniel Vasquez
as Alejandro
Martha Orloff
as Neighbor
Anthony Mendoza
as Bass Player
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 Majica-Nelson
as Melancholy Lady
Yvonne Mojica-Nelson
as Melancholy Lady
Johnny B.
as Slumlord
Nancy Badillo
as The Quinceañera Cour...
Leslie Campos
as The Quinceañera Cour...
Mario Galvez
as The Quinceañera Cour...
Mercia García
as The Quinceañera Cour...
Diego Pablo
as The Quinceañera Cour...
Jason Rodriguez
as The Quinceañera Cour...
Aris Taylor
as Jasmine
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Critic Reviews for Quinceañera

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (38)

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

Full Review… | September 28, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The setting and the people in it make Quinceanera a party worth an RSVP.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It feels awkward, both in the pat screenplay and the uneven direction.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

You realize that, while pretending to break ground, Quinceañera is ultimately stuck in familiar Hollywood formulas.

Full Review… | August 31, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

This celebrated Sundance prizewinner doesn't look quite so special. Actually, it seems Very Special--as in one of those Very Special Episodes of an ongoing television series.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007

The writing is not always as developed as one would wish it, but this seems almost paltry in light of the dramatic truth and rivetingly real performances which are elicited.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Quinceañera

I like the plot but it was lacking something.

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

Super Reviewer


It was pretty good. I liked the ending.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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