Raising Victor Vargas

Raising Victor Vargas

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Director: Peter Sollett, Victor Rasuk, Judy Marte, Melonie Diaz

Cast: Peter Sollett, Victor Rasuk, Judy Marte, Melonie Diaz

     
 

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Fiercely independent and critically praised, Raising Victor Vargas is the kind of film that wouldn't receive any sort of special edition treatment, and that is precisely the case with this DVD from Columbia/TriStar. It really is a shame, since the sole supplements are nothing more than three trailers for other indie titles, All I Want, All the Real

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Fiercely independent and critically praised, Raising Victor Vargas is the kind of film that wouldn't receive any sort of special edition treatment, and that is precisely the case with this DVD from Columbia/TriStar. It really is a shame, since the sole supplements are nothing more than three trailers for other indie titles, All I Want, All the Real Girls and The Debut. Anything would have been entirely welcome, especially a commentary from first-time feature director Peter Sollett, but sadly, it's not to be. Fortunately, the transfer has more to offer. The anamorphic 1.85:1 image is relatively strong, displaying some interesting colors and, more importantly, the detail of the inner city. Some grain is evident, especially during the brighter scenes, but never enough to be a distraction. Finally, the Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack, while not offering too much in the way of a sound field, does present the dialogue clearly. Surrounds wouldn't contribute greatly to this small film, so what is available is entirely sufficient.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
A little masterpiece about kids growing up on the Lower East Side of New York, Raising Victor Vargas is a knockout from the start. All the characters are utterly compelling and real, in part because the cast is a bunch of nonprofessional actors from the neighborhood. It's also a hilarious film. Scenes such as Victor Vargas' (Victor Rasuk) and his friend Harold's (Kevin Rivera) juvenile attempts at making it with girls are played for big laughs and are very true to life. Almost every sentence that comes out of Vargas' grandma's (Altragracia Guzman) mouth is hilarious as she attempts to rein in the teenage lives of the three kids she's in charge of raising. There's one very funny bit with her and a pot that gets caught on a faucet. Then there's Vargas' younger sister Vicki (Krystal Rodriguez, who likes to hang out with Carlos (Wilfree Vasquez). Their scenes together, such as the first one where Carlos immediately vomits when he's nervous, seem completely real and are very amusing. Director Peter Sollett should be applauded for making a film about very poor kids growing up in a tough, familial situation that is largely free of melodrama. Only the ending seems a little bit too cinematic, but this small film is a real charmer.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
UPC:
0043396017474
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
77,827

Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Rasuk Victor Vargas
Judy Marte 'Juicy' Judy Ramirez
Melonie Diaz Melonie
Altagracia Guzman Grandma
Silvestre Rasuk Nino Vargas
Krystal Rodriguez Vicki Vargas
Kevin Rivera Harold
Wilfree Vasquez Carlos
Donna Maldonado Fat Donna

Technical Credits
Peter Sollett Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Judy Becker Production Designer
Steven Borne Sound/Sound Designer
Brad Jones Score Composer
Alain de la Mata Producer
Jean-Michel Dissard Associate Producer
Carrie Fix Asst. Director
Myron Kerstein Editor
Scott Macaulay Producer
Vincent Maraval Executive Producer
Roy Nathanson Score Composer
Jill Newell Costumes/Costume Designer
Robin O'Hara Producer
Tim Orr Cinematographer
T&T Casting Casting
Ulysses Torrero Casting
Eva Vives Original Story

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. The Wall of Isolation
3. Melonie's Baby Bird Impression
4. Grandma
5. Nino
6. Fat Donna's Man
7. Carlos
8. A Proper Introduction
9. Family Resemblance
10. Judy's New Man
11. Just Like Romeo & Juliet
12. "I Need Help With Girls."
13. Carlos Comes A-Courting
14. The Rules of Engagement
15. Victor's Chicks
16. The Dude on Wheels
17. Grandma's Home
18. Duck Hunting
19. Head Games
20. "I Don't Go Out With Boys!"
21. At Social Services
22. A New Beginning
23. Miss Judy Sends Her Regrets
24. The Girl Who Came to Dinner
25. Judy Meets the Family
26. "You Was Here Before!"
27. Closest She's Been With a Boy
28. A Family Again

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Raising Victor Vargas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
tHIS MOVie was excellant! it was great. it was real, lik something that could happen any time any where. it was also funny. and the boys were both soooo cute!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a good film. Its realistic and really funny. Its a good comedy with a heart and the acting is great. I would recommend it to anybody.