Real Women Have Curves

2002 PG-13 1h 26m DVD

Real Women Have Curves

2002 PG-13 1h 26m DVD
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America Ferrera shines in a star-making performance as Ana, a Mexican-American teenager who's struggling to break free from her mother's old-world expectations, in this coming-of-age drama set in East Los Angeles. Ana wants to attend college so she can better herself, but she's needed in her sister's sewing sweatshop, where women labor to make dresses that are then sold for many times what the shop is paid to make them.
America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, George Lopez, Sandie Torres, Ingrid Oliu, Soledad St. Hilaire, Brian Sites
Patricia Cardoso
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Ana loses her virginity to her boyfriend. The couple is shown naked together in his bedroom (though nothing really racy is shown). Ana also lies to her parents to go on dates and encourages her coworkers to strip to their underwear at work. Her mother constantly insults her weight and calls her a slut in Spanish. Profanity includes one "f--k" and one "s--t." Ana struggles with pleasing her family, growing up, and following her dreams, all in an environment in which poverty makes it very hard to get ahead.

Sexual Content

Plenty of hand-holding, kissing, and making out. Ana loses her virginity to Jimmy, though nothing really racy is shown. Led by the overheated Ana, the female factory workers all strip to their underwear and compare body size and cellulite. Still in their undies, they dance to the radio.


Not applicable


One use of "f--k" and one "s--t." Carmen calls Ana a tramp and a slut in Spanish.

Social Behavior

Ana triumphs over her mother's constant belittling. She struggles to feel at ease in her body even though it doesn't conform to media-sanctioned ideals of thinness. She often states that there is more to her than the way she looks. Getting an education is highly valued. Family loyalty also is emphasized but not to the exclusion of self-betterment.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Ana buys a cigar for her grandfather.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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