Real Women Have Curves

  • America Ferrera: Ana Garcia
  • Lupe Ontiveros: Carmen Garcia
  • Ingrid Oliu: Estela Garcia
  • George Lopez: Mr. Guzman
  • Brian sites: Jimmy
  • Soledad St. Hilaire: Pancha
  • Lourdes Perez: Rosalie
  • Jorge Cervera Jr.: Raul Garcia

Real Women Have Curves (Real Women Have Curves ) is an American comedy film from the year 2002. Directed by Patricia Cardoso, the screenplay by George LaVoo and Josefina Lopez based on a play by Josefina Lopez.


Born in the United States Ana Garcia lives with her parents had immigrated from Mexico in East Los Angeles. She learns at the Beverly Hills High School and works part forcibly in the textile company of her sister. Her mother Carmen is convinced Ana would later work there full-time and marry as soon as possible.

Anas teacher Mr. Guzman encourages them to study at Columbia University in New York City. There is a conflict between Ana and Carmen to the way that Ana will take. Only Anas father stands with his daughter while her mother she refuses more and their modern lifestyle does not understand. Ana falls in love with Jimmy, an Anglo-Americans, the non- accept their parents. Despite the accusations of her mother her virginity would be the most important, Ana sleeps with Jimmy. Their mother then called as a bitch.

After a day at the factory, the sweaty, confident Ana takes off to their underwear. Her mother is outraged and turn criticized Anas thick figure. Then also draw from the other employed women and show each other their curves. Carmen is shocked and leaves the tailoring fled.

Ana says goodbye to her friend and travels to New York City to study. Her mother locks herself and refuses to adopt Ana. The film ends with them running happily through a full street in New York.


Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun - Times of 25 October 2002, the film was " enormously entertaining " for viewers of all ages. The debuting America Ferrera was a " miracle", " natural, unforced, sweet, passionate and always real." The "big Lupe Ontiveros " that in its representation near the love of Ana, although this is hardly to be seen.

The lexicon of the International film wrote that the film was " supported by convincing leading ladies ," based on " the personal experiences of its Colombian director " and plead " strongly for individual solutions ". The conflict between the values ​​of the mother and the daughter reflects " the fundamental struggle of immigrants of the second or third generation that must find a path between old traditions and the lure of modernity."


Patricia Cardoso won in 2002 the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, America Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros received special prizes of the jury of the festival. Patricia Cardoso was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The writers received a Humanitas Prize in 2002. The film won the Youth Jury Award at the Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián and a special prize of the U.S. National Board of Review in 2002.

Effie Brown in 2003 received an Independent Spirit Award, America Ferrera was nominated for the same price. America Ferrera was nominated in 2003 for the Young Artist Award. Lupe Ontiveros won the 2003 Imagen Award.


The production cost was estimated at 3 million U.S. dollars. The world premiere took place at the Sundance Film Festival on January 13, 2002. On 8 September 2002 the film at the Toronto International Film Festival was shown, which was followed by several other film festivals. He was brought in about 160 cinemas in the United States, in which he grossed about 5.8 million U.S. dollars.