BN.com Gift Guide

Real Women Have Curves

( 6 )

Overview

In this independent drama, Ana (America Ferrera) is a bright and ambitious 18-year-old Latina who has just graduated from high school in East Los Angeles. Ana wants to broaden her horizons and go on to college, but her mother Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros) has other ideas; Ana's older sister Estela (Ingrid Oliu) oversees the family business, a dress factory, and Carmen has decided that Ana should put higher education on hold and go to work as a seamstress. When Estela loses four employees in a week, Ana reluctantly ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (37) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $21.86   
  • Used (36) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$21.86
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(2390)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
026359202421 This item is brand new. Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Thank you for supporting our small, family-owned business!

Ships from: ACWORTH, GA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

In this independent drama, Ana (America Ferrera) is a bright and ambitious 18-year-old Latina who has just graduated from high school in East Los Angeles. Ana wants to broaden her horizons and go on to college, but her mother Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros) has other ideas; Ana's older sister Estela (Ingrid Oliu) oversees the family business, a dress factory, and Carmen has decided that Ana should put higher education on hold and go to work as a seamstress. When Estela loses four employees in a week, Ana reluctantly agrees to take a job at the factory to help her out, while she applies for college scholarships without her mother's knowledge. Ana's job at the dress factory proves to be a real eye opener; she gains a new respect for Estela's business acumen, but is also appalled by the low wages and unpleasant working conditions that are part and parcel of the garment industry. While Ana is not unattractive, she carries more than a few extra pounds, a subject her mother mentions at every available opportunity, and as Ana encourages her co-workers at the shop to stand up for themselves and gain a greater perspective of their own worth, she takes a long hard look at her own self-image. Real Women Have Curves won the Audience Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, while actresses America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros received a Special Jury Prize at the same festival for their performances.
Read More Show Less

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

A vivid cinematic portrait. Ann Hornaday
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • UPC: 026359202421
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 6 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pursued her goals despite.......

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT

    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

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful!

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    loved it

    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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 6 Customer Reviews