Monday, October 1, 2012

Now Available on DVD and Blu-Ray -- GIRL in PROGRESS (Review)

Being a parent doesn’t always make you an adult.  The new heartfelt mother-daughter comedy, Girl in Progress arrived on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand September 11th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  Girl in Progress follows the story of a mother-daughter relationship as they try to navigate life and what it means to grow up and become an adult. Eva Mendes (The Women, Fast Five), Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises, Showtime’s “Weeds”), Cierra Ramirez (All In, TV’s “Suite Life of Zack & Cody”) with Emmy® winner Patricia Arquette (TV’s “Medium”) and Eugenio Derbez (Under the Same Moon (La misma luna), Jack & Jill) star in this enchanting family comedy. The Girl in Progress DVD includes a “making of” featurette and is available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.


Grace (Mendes) is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills and the very married Dr. Hartford (Modine), to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to “adulthood.” But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age. 

·         “Making of Girl in Progress featurette
*Subject to change


Year of Production: 2012
Title Copyright: Girl in Progress © 2012 Pantelion, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Artwork & Supplementary Materials © 2012 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Rating: PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content including crude references, and drinking - all involving teens
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
DVD Closed Captioned: English
Subtitles: English and Spanish
DVD Format: 16x9 Widescreen (2.40:1)
Feature Running Time: 93 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 5.1 Dolby Digital


My Thoughts:

Categorized as a "teen film," I watched GIRL in PROGESS over the weekend and have to say it was better than I had expected.  I have been a fan of Eva Mendes' for years, but wondered how she would be in a role as a single mom to a tween.  And, safe to say after watching this recent new release, that she nailed it.  As for Cierra Ramirez, who can also be seen on The Secret Life of an American Teenager as a pregnant teen, steals the show.

Eva Mendes does a great job in showing the struggles a mom who works two jobs to help support her family, all while raising her daughter alone, has to go through. And, even though she is trying to have her own life as she became a mom at seventeen, it takes talks with her daughter and her daughter's teacher, played by Patricia Arquette, to see that she is absent in her daughter's life when she needs her most.

Even though my daughters are young, I can only imagine how hard it will be when they get into their tween/teens years.  I know I went through a rebellious stage -- who doesn't?  But, my parents were together and could support each other in their parenting of myself and my two brothers.  While Cierra's character wants to skip over her teen years and become an adult, she is merely rebelling to maker her mother see her and see that she needs a mother more than ever. 

This coming of age film about wanting to grow up too fast would be great to watch with your  teens, and to discuss opening afterwards their thoughts on the movie and how they are feeling in their own lives.  You may think you know what is going on, but think back to when you were in high school and you felt that your parents didn't get you.  Definitely a worth worth watching!

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Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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