16 user 15 critic

How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005)

2:10 | Trailer
Three generations of women in a Mexican American family experience sexual awakenings over the course of a summer.


Georgina Garcia Riedel (as Georgina Riedel)


Georgina Garcia Riedel (as Georgina Riedel)
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. She lives in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles. Freshly ... See full summary »

Director: Patricia Cardoso
Stars: America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros, Ingrid Oliu
Christine (TV Series 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

America Ferrera tries speed dating in this web series, Christine.

Stars: America Ferrera, Emily Rutherfurd, Eric Balfour
X/Y (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A look at the lives and interactions of a group of friends living in New York.

Director: Ryan Piers Williams
Stars: Ryan Piers Williams, America Ferrera, Jon Paul Phillips
The Dry Land (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A U.S. soldier returning home from war struggles to reconcile his experiences abroad with the life and family he left in Texas.

Director: Ryan Piers Williams
Stars: Ryan O'Nan, America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ana Maria is having a bad day until she magically switches places with the main character of her favorite telenovela. As she struggles to escape from Novela Land, Ana Maria finally understands why her real life was such a mess.

Director: Georgina Garcia Riedel
Stars: Edy Ganem, Michael Steger, Juan Pablo Gamboa
Steel City (2006)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During a Midwestern winter, two working-class brothers must cope with their recently incarcerated father.

Director: Brian Jun
Stars: Jamie Anne Allman, Marcus Atkins, Raymond J. Barry


Credited cast:
Elizabeth Peña ... Lolita
America Ferrera ... Blanca
Lucy Gallardo ... Dona Genoveva
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Don Pedro
Rick Najera ... Jose Luis
Leo Minaya ... Sal
Steven Bauer ... Victor Reyes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eliana Alexander ... Nora
Roman Arabia ... Oswaldo (as Victor Wolf)
David Barrera ... Sal's Uncle
Alek Carrera Alek Carrera ... Soap Opera Actor
Ana Cervantes Ana Cervantes ... Doña Loda
Patricia De Leon ... Soap Opera Actress
Marina Dena-Santo Marina Dena-Santo ... Cuka
Alyssa Diaz ... Rose


Three generations of women in a Mexican American family experience sexual awakenings over the course of a summer.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Love and sex. Some things just get better with age.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »


Official Sites:

Official site




English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como as Garotas Garcia Passaram o Verão See more »

Filming Locations:

Brawley, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,432, 18 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,432, 18 May 2008
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

For the Directors First Feature Give Credit Where Credit is due...
27 July 2005 | by theoneandonlysavSee all my reviews

First off, after speaking to the director at the night of the Latin Film Festival here in New York, I would like to again commend her for a job well done. I am also a first time director so I definitely correlated to a lot of the jerky camera movements and experimental camera shots that were probably theorized but never executed to their fullest extent. There were also some doubtful moments with audio at times; however, having discussed these decisions with her personally I came to an understanding as to why they were done. This of course does not take away from the obvious, the film did drag, and it definitely needs some severe editing adjustments. The three raunchy sex scenes were left on screen for a reason, not only to try something new, but to give the audience a feel for a real life situation that women face in an every day environment. The scenes can be shortened however and still give the audience the same feel. The length they are at now makes the scenes disturbing and deteriorates from the comedic undertone that was originally intended by the director. There are many other comedic ploys executed that trick the audience into thinking something evident is about to happen, when it really doesn't. These techniques keep the audience in a(n) intriguing suspense, but you can only have our attention for so long.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed