Girl in Progress

Synopsis: Ansiedad has always hated the fact that her mom Grace was never mature or responsible. After getting used to taking care of her mom instead of the other way around Ansiedad decides to become in adult in every way possible. With that in mind she creates an outrageous list of all the things she needs to accomplish in order to become an adult. This coming of age story shows that growing up is never as easy as it seems and that the best thing to do is stay put.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Patricia Riggen
Production: Lionsgate/Pantelion Films
  6 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

Okay, class.

Class, it's time for the presentations

on personal heroes.

So, you're up, George.

- Class, quiet.

- My inspiration is basketball.

I went to a basketball camp and they

made us practice for six hours a day.

This is a picture of Kobe,

because I wanna be like him.

Thank you, George.


Ansiedad Gutierrez?

Everyone, please reach under your seats

and locate your 3D glasses.

Jenna, lights.

And now,

a few words about

someone truly inspirational.

My mother.

My mother's Christian name is Altagracia.

The white man can't pronounce that,

so she goes by Grace,

which her parents can't pronounce.

This is the menu at her second job.

- She met her last boyfriend there.

- Emile's.

Grace has dated firemen, auto mechanics,

bakers, barbers, professional chess players,

and the kind of astronauts

that never go into space.

Eventually, they break up.

And when they do,

we move to another town.

You know, I think that's enough.

Here are some of

the iconic places we didn't visit

while living in these respective cities.

We've been in Seattle almost a year

- and I still haven't seen this place.

- Overrated.

Why? 'Cause she's now

dating a gynecologist,

who, by the way, is married.

Bottom line, she inspires me

to be nothing like her.

Oh, yeah, and this question mark right here

represents my father.

Jenna, lights.

Thank you all for coming.

It's not the first time she's been in here.

I'm thinking about

putting her on suspension.


Which could put your

daughter's scholarship at risk.

No, no, no. I will talk to her.

I got this, Mr. Principal.

- Guaterrier.

- Gualtiery.



- She's threatening to beat me.

- Is that true?

She likes to embellish.

She swore on her mother.

See? Embellish.

She just learned that word on TV.

So help me, I will set you on fire, girl.

Please do.


Why now?

- Why now what?

- Why now are you being so impossible?

I'm a teen named Anxiety.

How many times do

we have to go through this?

That was my grandmother's name.

That's a beautiful name.

That woman was a saint.

- Whose car is this anyways?

- Becky's. And listen.

I'm not going to take

anymore crap from you, okay?

Just so we're clear, for the next two days,

you bus tables at the Shack.

- Don't give me that face.

- Why?

Why? Because I'm an adult.

And you're a kid,

and you do as I say, that's why.

Can we give Tavita a ride?

Hello, how's my daughter's only friend?

- Mom.

- I'm good.

- I loved our presentation.

- Can you not smoke?

It's cancerous.

I'm sorry your child has no father,

Mrs. Gutierrez.

And I'm sorry that you have to

work two jobs to support her.

I'm sure if you would have married that chef,

you guys would have had

wonderful dinners every night.

- Thanks for the ride.

- This is your house?

It's like a coliseum.

Go, Tavita. Enjoy your nuclear family.

- Bye.

- Bye.

Now she's adorable, but she

needs to work on her fashion sense.

Maybe you can help her with that,

because that hair band thing...

Please don't make fun of her. Thank you.

Lower that, please!

Some of us are trying

not to be such immigrants!

Are some of us trying to do our chores?

Some of us have homework.

Excuses, excuses.

This side or this side?

I got suspended, Brad.

How do you feel about that?

I think that's terrible.

I think it's weird that

you're a boy gynecologist.

You can think that.

How's the wife?

How's your father?

Water the plant, go to bed at some point,

and don't call me,

if I am running late, I will call you.

They're beautiful.

You hate tulips.

Water. Vase.


This can't wait.

Don't wait up.

Okay, here we go.

Okay, now the crab vindaloo

will be another 15 minutes,

but it's so won'th it.

Okay? Okay.

Oh, more mussels. I'm sorry,

I'll get right on that.

Two crab balls. One beaver tail.

Three fatty bays, all the way to stay.

Where's your little girl?

Oh, I don't know.

Welcome to Emile's Crab Shack.

Something to drink?

Okay, good.

But you have to be

a little bit more energetic.

You want people to have to

come into this restaurant

and request for you to be their waiter.

- So just be more, you know, upbeat.

- Okay.

Hi, welcome to Emile's Crab Shack.

Something to drink?

Very good. Okay, good. Okay.

Now let's move on to the items on the menu.

Start right here.

- Soft sell.

- Soft shell.

- Soft shell crabs.

- Yes, good.

Soft, like your mother.

Like your mother's kiss.

I'm learning.


Tables don't clear themselves.

I'm teaching Mission Impossible to read.

Hey, I'll do it.

No. No, no, no.

She will do it. She needs to learn.

- I'll teach you when I get back.

- Okay.

Stop calling him that. It's gonna stick.

Hey, Mission Impossible.

I've got a delivery for you.

And clean up before you get there.

Grace, I need to talk to you in the office.

Can you guess what I'm about to say?


Crab Masters.

I've been invited to Crab Fest.

Do you know what that is?

It is the Oscars of crabs.

It is the Wimbledon,

it is the Heavyweight Championship.

And they've invited me.

They have no idea what they're in for.

My King Crab Masala is going to

make the judges crap their pants.

But it occurs to me, out of the three of you,

I don't have a prime candidate

to run my restaurant.

Olga, you're too old.

Screw you.

- Becky, your husband beats you.

- What?

Grace, you're my secret weapon.

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