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Plot: As single mom Grace juggles work, bills, and her affair with a married doctor, her daughter, Ansiedad, plots a shortcut to adulthood after finding inspiration in the coming-of-age stories she's reading for school.
Runtime: 93 mins Release Date: 09 Aug 2012
So Beyond In Love With This Movie (by pauveguy0415)
This is my first movie review so forgive me for being brief and straight to the point. This movie made me laugh, cry, shout and who knows what else lol. It is the absolute perfect coming of age movie with a nice twist. Instead of it just happening for the young main character, she decides to create her own way into what she considers to be adulthood. Little does she know is that life doesn't.. No life can't really work out that way. There is a little unexpected twist at the end, but I absolutely love that. Although not everything in the mother and daughters lives aren't as picture <more>
perfect as any movie ending can be, it ends so beautifully and with just the right amount of 'feel good' resolution that you want from a happy ending. GAAAH. Watch this movie. Rent it. Buy it. I would consider it this generations new Breakfast Club. The perfect teen stereotype, movie stereotype, girl coming of age stereotype movie. Sigh. Seriously. Watch it.
Every bad parent should watch this movie to try and break the cycle. Eva was great in this and very believable. Highly recommend. A bit of a tear jerker.
1000 reasons why it should not work .. BUT IT DOES! (by A_Different_Drummer)
Yes, I am aware that some members gave this film a low rating. They were wrong. No disrespect. Wrong happens.1000 reasons why this "coming of age" vehicle should not have worked. Including the fact that it has been done before, hundreds of times, and this was yet another "Canadian" production supported by the Canadian tax system meant for the small screen and not really intended for an A-List rollout.But sometimes everything comes together and you end up with an exceptional result: * the script is superb. It is not enough that the daughter wants to accelerate her <more>
"coming of age" to rebel against her mother, she actually researches the topic and deconstructs it, creating a roadmap to maturity which of course is a roadmap to disaster. Clever! And innovative.* the acting is to die for. Eva Mendes may give the best performance of her life here. Cierra Ramirez steals every scene not otherwise nailed down and several that are. Arquette as the sympathetic school teacher sells it bigtime and makes us all wish we had a teacher like that in school.Really a great film, one that succeeds way beyond its aspirations. It is ironic that, for example, this reviewer took flak from members for ripping apart THE DUFF a horrific A-List movie but little gems like this often get lost in the shuffle.Highly recommended.
Great movie, nice twist on the classic coming of theme (by Nuni5546)
I watched this movie last night and thought it was a great movie.The movie starts off slow and a bit quirky. At times it even feels like it is trying to hard to be something its not. Then somewhere in the middle, it drops the quirky and the story develops. I became invested and began to care for the characters. The acting was good. Both main actresses do a great job in their roles as mother and daughter. As an educator myself, I see these types of mothers and daughters almost every school year. It was nice seeing their story be told and also one from Latin roots. I would recommend this movie <more>
because at the end of it all, you leave the movie with some thoughts and emotions tied to the characters. Good film.
Girl in _Progress is actually a very simple, straightforward story about a young girl doing her best to cope with her own adolescence as well as her not-much-older mother who, in actual fact, is doing almost the same thing. Due to her history harsh, non-understanding mother , Grace Eva Mendes , is desperately trying to find the love that she didn't get when she was Amiestad's age - and why shouldn't she?I suspect that this movie is a lot closer to real life than a lot of viewers realise. Teenagers forget that their parents have given them the very best years of their lives form <more>
the time they were born right up to the time they think they know everything - and then some more! Fortunately Amiestad realises this a lot sooner than many kids her age but not before hurting her bet friend unforgivably even though her best friend DOES forgive her! In this film, mother is only about 34 or 35 and still a beautiful woman who has the very same needs as her daughter - although her daughter initially totally fails to recognise that fact. Like many teenagers, she thinks that the world revolves around her - but it doesn't and, at least in this movie, she finds out before it's too late.I would suggest that this should be compulsory viewing for all adolescent kids but I fear that, in a lot of cases, they would shrug their shoulders and just say, "Whatever!"As Ned Kelly said when told he was to be hanged at ten o'clock the next morning, "Such is life!"
This is a well-scripted and sincerely acted family movie, devoid of profanity. I will leave it to other parents to decide whether it is effective, but in light of the trash that we are sold as cinema, here is a sweet movie that attempts to convey the difficulties that teenagers and parents face together - or apart. I registered with IMDb.com just so that I could provide a positive review for this movie. As I watch many movies, I take notice of those that do not try to shock, but tell a simple story well. Although the story of the main character is certainly contrived, as it serves as a <more>
vehicle for her situation to have relatability, the premise is believable, as many parents can attest to the fact that children grow up all too fast in our "culture", and that children will make mistakes. It may also help children to recognize the trials that their parents face in daily life. So, this is a very decent movie for parents and teenage children to watch together, and may serve as a tool to increase common understanding in families.