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Ana (America Ferrera) is a Mexican-American teenager struggling through the transition to adulthood in seemingly irresolvable conflict with her mother (Lupe Ontiveros). Ana doesn't want to end up working in the family dress factory; her mother doesn't want to let her go. Mom makes constant digs about Ana's weight, and Ana responds with the usual teenage mix of sarcasm, rage, and childishness. Along the way, Ana has a romance with a rich boy from her high school and gets encouragement from a teacher to pursue larger dreams. Some pieces of the plot feel dishonest, others contrived, but this 2002 feature also has some nicely observed details and plenty of good messages. Directed by Patricia Cardoso. In Spanish with subtitles. PG-13, 93 min.

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