Real Women Have Curves
Our next female filmmaker is Patricia Cardoso the director of 2002's REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES which was adapted from Josefina Lopez's play of the same name. Additionally REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES introduced audiences to actress America Ferrera. In East Los Angeles, an 18-year-old struggles between her ambitions of going to college and the desires of her domineering mother for her to get married, have children, and oversee the small, rundown family-owned textile factory. REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES, physical as well as emotional -- and this coming-of-age story traces them in a vividly warm-hearted look at the Mexican-American experience. The Austin Chronicle declared "It's a coming-of-age story we've all seen bits of in other films -- but it's rarely been told with such affecting grace and cultural specificity." While Rolling Stone said "Patricia Cardoso's first film is a marvel of pointed humor, and Ontiveros and Ferrera could not be better." REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES is streaming on HBOMax or available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu, Apple and others. REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES joined the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2019.