May 11 marks the nationwide release of Girl in Progress, starring Eva Mendes. The film, described as “comedic and poignant,” features Mendes as single mother Grace, who is too wrapped up in work and her affair with a married man (played by Matthew Modine) to notice that her teenaged daughter, Ansiedad, is crying out for attention.
Inspired by a coming-of-age lesson at school, Ansiedad tries to take shortcuts to adulthood and independence. In the process, both Grace and Ansiedad learn lessons about what it means to be a “grown-up.”
Despite its PG-13 rating and occasionally mature themes, Girl in Progress has earned the seal of approval from several religious and family-advocacy organizations. The Dove Foundation, which rates films as family-friendly or not, recommends Girl in Progress for children ages 12 and older, and recommends that parents “watch this film with their kids and discuss the various decisions the characters make.”
The Evangelical National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) enthusiastically endorses Girl in Progress, saying the film has will “transform the homes of Hispanic families across the nation.” Life Teen, a Catholic youth organization, also endorses the film.
Girl in Progress is produced by Pantelion Films, a leading Latino Hollywood studio, which is backed by Grupo Televisa and LionsGate.
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