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Raising Victor Vargas (2002)

R | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 2003 (USA)
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A Lower East Side teen-ager struggles to find some sanity while surrounded by an eccentric grandmother, a crazy new girlfriend, and a longing younger brother.

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Peter Sollett

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Rasuk ... Victor
Donna Maldonado Donna Maldonado ... Donna
Kevin Rivera Kevin Rivera ... Harold
Krystal Rodriguez Krystal Rodriguez ... Vicki
Judy Marte ... Judy
Melonie Diaz ... Melonie
Matthew Roberts Matthew Roberts ... Hector
Alexander Garcia Alexander Garcia ... Al
John Ramos John Ramos ... Macho
Theresa Martinez Theresa Martinez ... Judy's Mom
Altagracia Guzman Altagracia Guzman ... Grandma
Silvestre Rasuk ... Nino
Wilfree Vasquez Wilfree Vasquez ... Carlos
Randy Luna Randy Luna ... Pool Boy #3
Jeff Knite ... Pool Boy #4 (as Jeff Asencio)
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Storyline

Victor is growing up on the Lower East Side and is at the age where he is driven by desire and unchained by maturity. His image as a ladies man is shattered when he is found in Fat Donna's bedroom. Soon, as a result of his sister's big mouth, the whole Dominican community knows. Full of confidence, Victor sets out to reclaim his image by winning Judy. Judy proves to be elusive and difficult. Victor persists, and with a surprising tenderness, ultimately wins Judy's heart. Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Long Way Home See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,166, 30 March 2003

Gross USA:

$2,078,661

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,816,116
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's working title was "Long Way Home". See more »

Quotes

Grandma: [to Victor] Why you introduce *men* to your sister?
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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

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Great Movie
11 September 2009 | by mattbaxter524See all my reviews

True fans of film will love this authentic movie.

I disagree with the trolls who are rating this movie a one-star and calling it unrealistic. While I don't have the background or come from the environment of the protagonists, I've spent many years working in lower income and working class neighborhoods and feel the acting was very real and representative of how teenagers behave. I don't know what the basis is for others' comments that the film is "unrealistic". The dialog is great.

The low budget production value didn't bother me a bit. I felt that the natural lighting enhanced the character of the film. The focus was entirely on the story line and character development and not glitzy Hollywood propping or melodrama.

I completely bought into the character's motivations and reactions. The acting was believable and impressive for new and non-actors.

If your idea of good film is Transformers or Fast & Furious, then skip it. If you enjoy good character driven dramas, then see it.

(Regarding the negative commenters being "trolls": click on their names and you will see most have no other reviews or only negative reviews.)


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