Grace (Eva Mendes) is a single mom. She is too busy juggling work, bills, and the very married Dr. Hartford (Matthew Modine), to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad's English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Raini Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to "adulthood". But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.
- Patricia Riggen
- Eva Mendes, Cierra Ramirez, Raini Rodriguez, Patricia Arquette, Matthew Modine, Eugenio Derbez
This inauthentic teen tale, with its cosmetically softened edges, serves neither the young people nor the Mendes fans for whom it might be intended.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 05.09.2012
The mystery of Eva Mendes' slow-simmering career continues.Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, 05.10.2012
Girl in Progress seems like a work in progress.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 05.10.2012
The lack of connective tissue and more explicitly drawn parallels between the storylines drags the pic down to the level of a basic TV series.Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, 05.10.2012