Finally had a chance to check this out. America Ferrera plays a brilliant role in this coming-of age-film. The social dynamics between Ferrera and mother Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros), are well apparent, and the plot-line is very understandable. The dilemmas that go along with being immersed within the working class experience , coupled with the constant mother/daughter generational rift, makes for a great film. The only thing that keeps this movie from gaining supreme praise, is the lack of character development on the part of the father. Personally, I understand the dynamics within the family, but this probably made critics cringe. Overall, the pursuit of happiness while maintaining cultural roots and confidence in ones self, is on full display. Great job!