Real Women Have Curves

Real Women Have Curves

4.5 6
Director: Patricia Cardoso

Cast: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu

     
 

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Patricia Cardoso's Real Women Have Curves arrives on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a decent release

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Patricia Cardoso's Real Women Have Curves arrives on DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a decent release from Warner Bros.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A modestly produced independent film that won the Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival 2002, Real Women Have Curves is an enormously entertaining and uplifting coming-of-age story. Refreshingly free of the glamour girls who populate most of today’s teen movies, Patricia Cardoso’s exuberant comedy-drama stars 18-year-old screen newcomer America Ferrera as Ana, a Mexican-American girl with intelligence, ambition, and a healthy self-image, notwithstanding her Rubenesque proportions. Ana, who’s secretly dating an Anglo boy named Jimmy (Brian Sites), wants to attend college but is pushed by her immigrant parents to work in the dress shop run by her older sister. Ferrera is remarkable in her film debut: natural, unforced, and passionate, she brings both maturity and joie de vivre to the role. She is never less than thoroughly convincing, and the same can be said of Lupe Ontiveros, who plays the overweight mother who can’t forgive herself for becoming fat and wishes Ana felt the same way about herself. Real Women comes to grips with the issue of body image in a celebratory, rational way, and in that respect it provides a real breath of fresh air. The film also focuses on the hopes and aspirations of second-generation children of immigrants whose pursuit of the American Dream occasionally clashes with the older generation's culture and values. Ana’s struggle to assert herself is depicted cleverly but honestly, without resorting to clichés. And that’s what makes Cardoso’s little movie such a delightfully invigorating exercise.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Patricia Cardoso's debut feature, Real Women Have Curves, is a buoyant and beautifully executed coming-of-age tale. Its overwhelming cheeriness may strain credulity at times, yet all but the most cynical viewers will find themselves swept along by its humor and heart. The film's great strength is the perfectly pitched performance of newcomer America Ferrera as Ana, a smart teenager blossoming into self-confidence and maturity, despite the incessant criticism of her amusingly dyspeptic mother, Carmen (the wonderful Lupe Ontiveros of Chuck and Buck). Director Cardoso gets consistently strong performances from her cast, and keeps the tone sunny and warm throughout the film, despite the occasionally serious setbacks her characters face. Ana works in a sweatshop making expensive dresses for Bloomingdale's, and the fact that the sweatshop is owned by her enterprising older sister, Estella (Ingrid Oliu), and that Ana eventually brings out a certain esprit de corps among her co-workers doesn't quite gloss away that unpleasant truth. Similarly, when Ana goes to visit her father at work, she finds him at the huge estates where he does gardening work. Ana does go off on a couple of tirades about her working conditions, but Cardoso, working from a script by Josefina Lopez and George LaVoo, has chosen to deal with issues of economic disparity that underlie the story in a subtle, almost offhand way. Her focus is primarily on the clash of values and personalities between the mother and daughter. Cinematographer Jim Denault (Boys Don't Cry), whose talents have elevated so many low-budget films, also deserves mention for his fine work here. Real Women Have Curves won the Dramatic Audience Award and a special award for the performances of Ferrera and Ontiveros at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. The film was also shown as part of the New Directors/New Films Festival in New York.
Washington Post
A vivid cinematic portrait. Ann Hornaday
Boston Globe
[Ferrera] has the charisma of a young woman who knows how to hold the screen. Ty Burr
Hollywood Reporter
What enlivens this film, beyond the astute direction of Cardoso and beautifully detailed performances by all of the actors, is a note of defiance over social dictates. Kirk Honeycutt
San Francisco Chronicle
A warm, funny family story that defies popular notions about immigrant families. Carla Meyer

Product Details

Release Date:
09/06/2005
UPC:
0026359297229
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Hbo Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
15,646

Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scene - "Ana, One Year Later"; Two audio commentaries; Two featurettes; cast & crew bios, and more

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Real Women Have Curves
1. Last Day [9:24]
2. Like Mother... [5:45]
3. All for You [5:50]
4. "Find Your Own Gold" [5:26]
5. Novelas [4:10]
6. I Need You More Than Ever [5:21]
7. "What I Do Best" [3:56]
8. Help Yourself [4:17]
9. Night Out [:02]
10. Whatever it Takes [3:57]
11. The Right Size [4:43]
12. "All the Way to New York?" [4:55]
13. See Me [3:38]
14. Pregnant Pause [4:27]
15. Real Women [2:34]
16. Blessings [5:30]
17. Credits [7:55]

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Real Women Have Curves 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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I loved this movie. Not only did I feel connected to the main character, I also felt more comfortable about my body after watching this. I definitely recommend this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie with a chicana friend and being white, I was nervous about laughing at inappropriate times or not getting the nuances. I have to say my friend and I were laughing so hard we cried. Although it is about a Mexican family, the issues addressed cross racial and ethnic lines. This needs to be seen by every woman (and man) regardless of race or ethnic background. The movie celebrates beauty regardless of size and lets women know, being beautiful does not mean one has to be a size four, white, and blond.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie that showed that there are people out there that don't look at just looks. Plus how one girl can get through her hard life. I feel that i can really connect to this story and i can't wait to watch it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best movies I've seen. cast that comes across as real people. Emphasizes the fact that beauty comes from the entire person, not just the package. A definite must buy for me
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to see a woman who was constantly becoming unsure of her appearance, her goals, her intelligence actually forge ahead with her education despite what everyone said. We all know we should do certain things in our lives to make us happy, but most of the time, we don't carry it out. In this movie, painfully walking away from her mother, she carried on with her life--and probably a truly happy one at that.