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Quinceañera (2006)

R | | Drama | 5 July 2006 (France)
As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesus Castanos ... Ernesto (as Jesus Castanos Chima)
Araceli Guzman-Rico ... Maria
Emily Rios ... Magdalena
J.R. Cruz ... Herman
Listette Avila Listette Avila ... Jessica
Alicia Sixtos ... Eileen May Garcia
Hector Quevedo Hector Quevedo ... Dancing Boy
Germán Campos Germán Campos ... Chambelàn (as German Zavala)
Carlos Linares ... Videographer
Johnny Chavez ... Uncle Walter
Carmen Aguirre ... Aunt Silvia
Margarita Lugo Margarita Lugo ... Aunt Candy
Jorge Ortiz Jorge Ortiz ... DJ
Veronica Sixtos ... Young Girl
Jesse Garcia ... Carlos
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Storyline

Magdalena is 14 and anxiously awaiting her 15th birthday where she'll celebrate her quinceañera. Her world starts to crumble when she discovers her pregnancy after not being able to fit in her gown for her quinceañera. Soon, she's kicked out of her home, abandoned by her family, and abandoned by her baby's father. Magdalena is then taken in by her great-granduncle, Tomas and her gay, often-in-trouble cousin, Carlos. There she finds a new family and life. Written by R2k443

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

5 July 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Echo Park, L.A. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,400, 6 August 2006

Gross USA:

$1,692,693

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,522,787
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Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because of time constraints, the producers had still not found an actor to play James just before shooting was set to start, so they asked the casting director, Jason L. Wood, to play the part, because they liked how he had read the part as the other side of dialogue during actors' auditions. Wood was hesitant to take an acting part because he was worried that it might be a conflict of interest with his career as a casting agent, but he finally relented when the producers assured him he wouldn't have to cry in the film. See more »

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When Herman describes his busy weekend, he states that he is taking his AP History exam on Saturday. AP exams are only given on weekdays. See more »

Quotes

Magdalena: What do you do with those guys anyway?
[pauses]
Magdalena: You embarrassed or something?
Carlos: No.
Magdalena: So?
Carlos: What do you think we do?
Magdalena: [sarcastically] I don't know. I'm a virgin, remember?
Carlos: Yeah, right.
Magdalena: Come on, Carlos, I told you stuff.
Carlos: We mess around, alright?
[...]
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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Bailar Merengue
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
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Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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Everyone Needs an Uncle Tomas
28 February 2006 | by wmjahoSee all my reviews

2006 Sundance Film Festival Quinceanera, for the Hispanically challenged, is a traditional ceremony and celebration of a girl's 15th birthday, her transition from childhood to maturity. In this movie, the event centers on Magdalena, an otherwise role model of a girl and daughter of a part-time preacher who gets pregnant before her 15th birthday, despite her claims to have never had intercourse. To manage the conflict at home, she moves in with her Great Uncle Tomas, who also houses Carlos, her tattooed and tough-guy cousin who is also estranged from his parents, mainly because he is gay.

By all accounts, this movie ought to be panned. The script, while evenly paced, never rings true. Most of the characters are flat. The acting lacks inspiration or enthusiasm. But still, I was moved, because at the heart of the story is the impact of Uncle Tomas, who with the wisdom of the aged is able to look beneath the surface of these two young cousins and see only goodness. He is filled with kindness and compassion, although the movie never let's itself get nearly as schmaltzy or overly sentimental as my description of it.

I suppose this idea of accepting the differences in people—Hispanics, gang-bangers, gays and pregnant teenagers—is tired and hackneyed in its political correctness. But there's something about a glimmer of truth that is warm and enlightening. So, that said, I dug the movie.

Side note from the writer/directors: Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are gay and live in Los Angeles. Wash is British. And it so happens that two of the main characters in the movie are gay lovers, living in Echo Park in Los Angeles, one of whom is a Brit. So naturally, someone in the Sundance audience asked them if these characters were, you know, autobiographical at all. And naturally, they said no, it was just a coincidence. And I guess I believe them because they had the guts to write these characters as not entirely likable. In fact, if Pat Buchanan had written he script, someone would have accused him of being homophobic. Strange but true.


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