Movie Reviews

Film Review: “How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer”

(Maya Releasing. Color. Rated R. 2 hours, 8 minutes. Directed by Georgina Garcia Riedel.) America Ferrera (Blanca Garcia), Elizabeth Peña (Lolita Garcia), Lucy Gallardo (Dona Genoveva), Jorge Cevera Jr. (Don Pedro), Steven Bauer (Victor Reyes), Rick Najera (Jose Luis). Opens 5/16.

Riedel is another first-time female director whose effort isn’t quite as good as Helen Hunt’s. Made in 2005 and shown on the film festival circuit, Garcia Girls is finally getting a regular theatrical release through Maya, which targets the English-language Latino market. Ostensibly about the sexual longings of three generations of women in the summer heat of Arizona, the tale moves so slowly that I can honestly report that nothing much happens for the first 90 minutes. By the time the movie picks up some speed, in the last 1/2 hour, you don’t much care how it turns out. I suspect the movie is hoping to bank on the name of Ferrera, now the award-winning TV star of Ugly Betty, who was first noticed several years ago in Real Women Have Curves, a better film than this.