Eva Mendes and Cierra Ramirez simmer in Mexican director Patricia Riggen’s whimsical coming-of-adulthood tale. To Ansiedad, her single mother, Grace, is far from amazing. A thirtysomething going on 18, Grace waits tables and sleeps with a married doctor (Matthew Modine lives), while Ansiedad acts out a secret life more interesting than the American teenager. It’s spicier than Mean Girls and milder than Thirteen. Guess you could say …
It’s like: Spanglish getting an Easy A.
Take: A mother-daughter time-out.
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