Girl in Progress - Movie Review

I recently had the pleasure of pre-screeing a wonderful coming of age movie, titled Girl in Progress, starring Eva Mendes and Matthew Modine as well as new-comer Cierra Ramirez.  Eva plays the role of a single mother, Grace, trying to make ends meet while trying to ensure that her daughter, Ansiedad, has the life she never had.  This leads to long hours at work for mom and a "latch key" lifestyle for the daughter.  To complicate things a little more Grace is also struggling with relationships along with her own immaturity.  All of which compounds Ansiedad's need for attention.

The pivotal moment for Ansiedad begins when a coming of age lesson is discussed during English class.  It is this lesson that sparks Ansiedad's own journey into trying to jump start her life of adulthood.  Along the way Ansiedad's plans don't go quite as she had planned and the real life lessons begin - for both Ansiedad and Grace.

Of the several movies I've had the honor to preview I would have to say that this is by far the best.  I strongly urge everyone to go see this movie.  It opens in theaters on May 11th - just in time for Mother's Day - in the following cities:

Phoenix, AZ
Tuscon, AZ
Fresno, CA
Hollywood, CA
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Monterey, CA
Orange, CA
Sacramento, CA
Salinas, CA
San Diego, CA
San Jose, CA
Torrance, CA

Miami, FL

Atlanta, GA

Chicago, IL

Las Vegas, NV

New York, NY

Austion, TX
Brownsville, TX
Dallas, TX
El Paso, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Harlingen, TX
Houston, TX
Laredo, TX
Plano, TX
San Antonio, TX

Seattle, WA