How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
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How The Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer
Georgina Garcia Riedel's comedy How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer stars Lucy Gallardo, Elizabeth Peņa, and America Ferrara as three generations in a family. Teenager Blanca (Ferrara) detests the boys in her small town and takes on a boyfriend from another town in the hopes that he might be different. Her mother, Rosa (Peņa), is so sexually frustrated that she begins to put the moves on her best friend's husband, a man who has had an ongoing problem with sexual fidelity. Rosa's mother, Dona (Gallardo), embarrasses her daughter by refusing to settle down into a quiet elderly… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Stylistically, the film takes risks before veering into an odd sort of studied artiness."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"Although the story is overly familiar, Riedel's evocation of small-town life rings true."
‑ Ethan Alter, Giant Magazine
"If your taste is for movies off the beaten path, run out and see this one before it disappears."
‑ Gary Brown, Houston Community Newspapers
"Another victory for a first-time, full-length feature filmmaker with a curious, inventive eye and an unsparing point of view."
‑ Bob Baker, Los Angeles Times
"Leisurely paced but lovely and touching."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Pena has a great role and delivers her best performance since Lone Star in 1996."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"This is a movie with wonderful, strong performances from three very talented women."
‑ Jeanne Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"A tenderly spun tale of female sexual desire traversing three generations of Latina women north of the border, the movie is crafted glowingly from a woman's point of view, and with supreme sensitivity, dignity, warmth, sadness and humor."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Riedel reveals herself to be a novice filmmaker, especially in the pacing of most scenes."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"The film is sensitively told and appealingly bittersweet, though the story at times meanders and loses its way."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A lovingly crafted portrait of a kind of life not often seen on the big screen."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"It's a smart little film, although there are some odd cinematographic moments --- curious, at best. And at two hours plus, the movie runs at least 20 minutes too long."
‑ David Kaplan, Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"With the Garcia Girls, Riedel will take the right audiences someplace this summer."
‑ Chad Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
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