I guess you could say things between Ansiedad and her mom are a bit strained...
While Grace goes out on the town after work with her current boyfriend - a married Gynecologist - Ansiedad is told given a huge list of chores she needs to take care of at home. Laundry, dishes, cleaning the bathrooms...and on top of that Ansiedad usually ends her night drinking a cup of weak coffee that she dips rolls into. Ansiedad feels trapped in this endless cycle of having to bend to her mother's every whim simply because she's a kid. If only there was some way she could speed up the process...And that's when a very fortuitous English assignment lands in her lap.
There's got to be some way Ansiedad can escape from her mother!
Ansiedad's English teacher wants her class to analyze and study the Coming of Age aspect in many books and movies that they enjoy. She wants them to look over the different parts that make up this time in every young person's life, this time that helps them transition from child to adult. And that gets Ansiedad to thinking...why can't she speed up the process so she can finally be free of her mother? So she does. After some serious studying, Ansiedad maps out the journey from childhood to adulthood and begins to formulate her plan. Enlisting the help of her best friend Tavita (Raini Rodriguez), Ansiedad's plan comes to life. First she has to establish herself as the nerdy kid with massive potential that excels at school, extracurricular activities, and even visits her dying grandmother in the hospital. But then everything spirals out of control.
After establishing herself as the bright, promising, nerdy student who excels at chess club - it's time to get down to the nittier grittier part of her plan. She proves to Valerie Lipniki (Brenna O'Brien) that she's a worthy bad girl and can get her alcohol. It's not an easy climb but Ansiedad changes her look to slutty-bad girl, drops her best friend Tavita and has struck up a deal with the school's bad boy Trevor (Landon Liboiron) to take her virginity at the ultimate party of the school year. She is well on her way to adulthood! But there's one problem...she hates what she's doing. Ansiedad hates that she had to push away and hurt her best friend to get accepted into the bad girl club, and she hates that her mom hasn't even noticed this transition she's making. And Ansiedad DEFINITELY isn't ready to lose her virginity, especially not to some loser who she doesn't even like. But she doesn't know how to stop this crazy train to adulthood that she's on...and even if she does, will she have any friends left to come back to?
Tavita doesn't look quite ready to welcome Ansiedad back with open arms...
I watched this movie completely on accident - I was half asleep last night watching some nerdy/educational dinosaur show and when I went to select a new one I accidentally selected this movie. You can imagine how surprised I was to not hear a booming British man's voice raving about the early Triassic period ha ha! I am glad I did finally see this movie, it's very sweet and very fun! I am a sucker for coming of age movies, and I loved the literal spin on that theme in this movie. She wasn't subconsciously growing up, the teen was submitting herself to these trials to gain independence and plotting them all out. So different! And just like Because I Said So, this movie is such a sweet and realistic representation of the strains of mother-daughter relationships and how both need to find a common ground when it comes to existing with each other. This is a sweet chick flick that will warm any woman's heart.