Real Women Have Curves


Size matters, especially if you're an overweight Latino teen from East LA. And it doesn't help when you have a mum who'd rather send you out to work in a factory than let you go to college.

That's the dilemma faced by 18-year-old Ana (America Ferrera) in this feelgood indie from director Patricia Cardoso, a Sundance hit that squashes many of the same buttons as My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Deftly combining the political (the sweatshop conditions endured by Ana and her colleagues as they make expensive gowns) with the personal (Ana's fraught relationship with her mum), it's an entertaining, if somewhat slight, yarn. But any absence of narrative meat is made up for by the full-figured cast, these curvy ladies making a pleasant change from Hollywood's usual menu of plastic anorexics.

Film Details

  • 12A
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2003

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