Real Women Have Curves

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Real Women Have Curves
America Ferrera as Ana Garcia
Directed by Patricia Cardoso
Starring America Ferrera
Lupe Ontiveros
Distributed by Newmarket Films
Release dates
October 18, 2002
Running time
90 minutes
Country U.S.A.
Language English / Spanish
Box office $7,777,790

Real Women Have Curves is a 2002 American movie 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), it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award in addition to Special Jury Prizes for both Ferrera and Lupe Ontiveros. The screenplay won the coveted Humanitas Prize and the movie was selected by the National Board of Review for Special Recognition For Excellence In Filmmaking. The independent film earned over five million dollars and brought the previously unknown Ferrera to the public's attention. The coming-of-age film revolves around Ana Garcia, a Mexican-American teenager living in an East Los Angeles barrio.



Critical response[edit]

Real Women Have Curves received generally positive reviews for both its theme of positive body image, portrayal of a realistic 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 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 27 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Real Women Have Curves - Metacritic". Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Puig, Claudia (24 October 2002). "'Real Women' reflects the real world". USA Today. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Oppenheimer, Jean (October 24, 2002). "Curve Ball". The Dallas Observer. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  5. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (January 31, 2003). "Review: Real Women Have Curves". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Real Women Have Curves, Awards". Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Real Women Have Curves, Awards". Retrieved 27 March 2013. 

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