Real Women Have Curves

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Real Women Have Curves
America Ferrera as Ana Garcia
Directed by Patricia Cardoso
Produced by Marilyn R. Atlas
Effie Brown
George LaVoo
Written by Josephina Lopez
George LaVoo
Starring America Ferrera
Lupe Ontiveros
George Lopez
Distributed by Newmarket Films
Release dates
  • October 18, 2002 (2002-10-18)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7,777,790

Real Women Have Curves is a 2002 American film starring America Ferrera, directed by Patricia Cardoso and produced by George LaVoo from a screenplay by LaVoo and Josefina Lopez (based on Lopez's play). The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award and Special Jury Prizes for Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros. The screenplay won the Humanitas Prize and the movie was selected by the National Board of Review for Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking. The film earned over seven million dollars and brought the previously unknown Ferrera to the public's attention.[citation needed] This coming-of-age film revolves around Ana Garcia, a Mexican-American teenager living in East Los Angeles.




Real Women Have Curves received generally positive reviews for its theme (a positive body image), its realistic portrayal of a Mexican-American family, and its acting. The film received an 83% "fresh" rating on[1] and a Metacritic score of 71/100.[2]

Claudia Puig of USA Today noted, "What will undoubtedly resound powerfully with audiences of Real Women Have Curves, particularly women, is the film's message that there is beauty in all shapes and sizes."[3] Jean Oppenheimer of The Dallas Observer noted, about the protagonist's acting, "In her first major role, Ferrera is amazing [...]. It is a wonderfully natural performance. To top it all off, she and Ontiveros are completely believable as mother and daughter."[4] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian had a less positive review of 2/5 stars, calling the film "reasonably watchable", but "the politics of sex, race and class are on the 'lite' side".[5]




  • 2002 Sundance Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize, Patricia Cardoso
  • 2003 Independent Spirit Award, Best Debut Performance, America Ferrera
  • 2003 Young Artist Award, Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress, America Ferrera[7]


  1. ^ "Real Women Have Curves - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Real Women Have Curves - Metacritic". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Puig, Claudia (October 24, 2002). "'Real Women' reflects the real world". USA Today. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ Oppenheimer, Jean (October 24, 2002). "Curve Ball". The Dallas Observer. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (January 31, 2003). "Review: Real Women Have Curves". The Guardian. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Real Women Have Curves, Awards". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Real Women Have Curves, Awards". Retrieved March 27, 2013. 

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