Real Women Have Curves
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Ana, a first generation Mexican American teenager living in East Los Angeles, has just graduated from high school. Because she is a talented writer, a caring teacher urges her to apply to college. Ana secretly is excited about the possibility, but her overbearing and hypercritical mother, Carmen, insists that it is time for her to help provide for the family by working in her sister's sewing factory. When a crisis arises at the factory, it seems as if Ana's fate is unhappily sealed, but her indomitable will to reach beyond sweatshop life eventually leads her to burst, defiant and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's so underwritten that you can't figure out just where the other characters, including Ana's father and grandfather, come down on the issue of Ana's future."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"You watch for that sense of openness, the little surprises."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Ugly Betty star captivates in teen drama."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"One of the best things about "Real Women" is exactly that %u2013 the real sized women (and men) who fill out this endearing coming-of-age story with a physical and emotional robustness that puts the Hollywood size-three's to shame."
‑ Niki Patton, Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)
"Cardoso has clearly connected with Josefina Lopez' work (originally a stage play based on her own experiences) and found something to say without making it either a feminist or a fatty tract."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Real Women Have Curves is nowhere near a great film, but it is the most distinctive and appealing of entertainments."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Funny and touching."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"America Ferrerra manages to steal the movie from every one of the actors in this film basically because of her charisma alone."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Divertido, sensível, bem dirigido e abençoado por ótimas atuações, o filme só falha ao subestimar espectador, explicitando uma mensagem que se beneficiaria da sutileza."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It's just an honest, funny, touching story about a teen-age girl who tries to find her way after graduating high school."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"A vivid cinematic portrait."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"What's most refreshing about Real Women Have Curves is its unforced comedy-drama and its relaxed, natural-seeming actors."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"However conventional the film sometimes is, it always feels true to life, thanks to in largest part to the actresses."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"This strong little independent film packs more colour and life into its trim 86 minutes than many puffed-up blockbusters can stuff into two hours."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Real movies have characters, but not Real Women Have Curves, a fiasco of dopey characters and clumsy script."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
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