The Movie, Real Women Have Curves

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Being a curvaceous young woman is hard enough. Especially when you’re trying to find love, you’re seeking approval and anticipating a better future for yourself. The film Real Women Have Curves stresses how important higher education is to a Mexican-American teenager and the wrath she endures from her mother because of her weight and aspiration. Mark Twain stated that, “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great” ( I believe I can personally relate to Real Women Have Curves, the reason being is because I’m a daughter, I’m overweight, and I’m seeking a post-secondary education. This is a synopsis of Real Women Have Curves; I’ll reveal why the film is so inspiring to me, I’ll give feedback from movie reviews, and I’ll use documents from my course’s textbook, to fully develop my ideas.

Real Women Have Curves is a 2002 movie adapted from a 1987 screenplay by George LaVoo and Josefina Lopez. The film was directed by Patricia Cardoso and produced by LaVoo. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. Real Women Have Curves stars America Ferrera as Ana, an intelligent and ambitious 18-year-old who has just graduated from Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles. Ana’s wish is to attend Columbia University; however, Ana’s mother, Carmen, sees a different future for her. She’s determined that Ana will become a seamstress, at her oldest daughter’s dress store. Carmen even tells Ana’s father, “"I can educate her. I'll teach her how to sew. I'll teach her how to take care of her husband”.

Roger Ebert stated that Real Women Have Curves was “Enormously entertaining for moviegoers of any age -- but for young women depressed because they don't look like skinny models, this film is a breath of common sense and fresh air. Real Women Have Curves is a reminder of how rarely the women in the movies are real.” ( I found this review to be accurate and insightful, because in Hollywood you hardly find voluptuous actresses. In today’s movie industry actresses wear a size two or four (Davis, 2010) whereas the average American woman is a size fourteen (Vesilind, 2009). Consequently, I completely understand how overweight women feel when only a few actresses share their physical similarities?

In addition to my love of coming of age films, I was also engrossed in Real Women Have Curves because Ana and I share the same dream of graduating from college. I was glad to know that education was important to Ana. In many of the contemporary films, education doesn’t seem to be a high priority to young characters, and especially minorities. Ana had a teacher, Mr. Guzman, portrayed by George Lopez that encouraged her to attend college. He helped her with college applications, and pleaded...

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