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Film / Real Women Have Curves

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Carmen: I love you, that's why I'm making you miserable.

Real Women Have Curves is a 2000 American comedy-drama film directed by Patricia Cardoso and starring America Ferrera.

The plot revolves around Ana García (Ferrera), a Mexican-American teenager who turns 18 by the start of the movie. She attends Beverly Hills High School, helps her sister Estela (Ingrid Oliu) in her dress factory and has to deal with her über-critical mother, Carmen (Lupe Ontiveros), who wants her to be more like Estela.


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  • Artistic License – Animal Care: Carmen has parakeets in too small of a cage. She also lets them outdoors unsupervised, which isn't recommended since predators can still get to small birds even while caged.
  • Badass Grandpa: Ana's grandpa.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ana becomes more confident in herself and her body and inspires a similar change in her friends and family, and is getting to go to school in New York for a scholarship. However, this requires leaving her family behind in Los Angeles, and ultimately she does not reconcile with her mother before she leaves, and her mother is seen visibly upset when she realizes she missed her chance to say goodbye to her daughter before her departure.


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