Real Women Have Curves
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.
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- Patricia Cardoso
- This movie is
- 2002 Sundance Film Festival®
- Audience Award: Drama
- Grand Jury Prize: Drama nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; additional footage; two audio commentaries; English and Spanish Language featurettes.
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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 kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it