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      Almost a Woman

      TV-PG 2002 2 hr. 0 min. Drama List
      Reviews 42% 100+ Ratings Audience Score A girl poised on the brink of adolescence finds herself shouldering a whole new set of responsibilities in this made-for-TV drama based on the autobiographical book by Esmeralda Santiago. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member A tender, sweet coming of age story, based on the memoir of Esmerelda Santiago, about a young girl transplanted from Puerto Rico to New York in the early sixties. Newcomer Ana Maria Lagasca shines as the young woman trying to honor her hard working mother and her PR culture while attending the NY High School for the Performing Arts and its high demands. Her family may be poor, but they are proud. They may struggle to learn English and American ways, but they are hard working and upwardly mobile. The family may be quite large, even enormous by our standards, but that only means there is more love to go around. This was inspiring and heart-warming and just plain entertaining. Produced for PBS, the production values are top-notch. It refrains from showing us the grittier side of working in sweat shops and applying for public assistance, but there are hints of that darker side, if one looks. This viewer enjoyed it for what it was, one woman's recollection of what it was like to feel suspended between two incompatible cultures and finding her way. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I watched this in my spanish class, and there are so many life lessons in this, mixed with pride, truth, love, and everyday life. I liked how there was english and spanish in it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member a moving story of how women - mother(s) & daughter survived life's challenges and turning events. nice dresses :-) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter A historically vivid but dramatically stunted coming-of-age drama. Sep 5, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A girl poised on the brink of adolescence finds herself shouldering a whole new set of responsibilities in this made-for-TV drama based on the autobiographical book by Esmeralda Santiago.
      Director
      Betty Kaplan
      Screenwriter
      Esmeralda Santiago
      Rating
      TV-PG
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English