Troubled Hispanic teenager Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) tries to speed up her progress from child to adult by casting herself as the heroine of her own coming-of-age tale, ticking off the genre’s typical rites of passage beneath the nose of her neglectful single mom, Grace (Eva Mendes), as she transforms herself from chess-playing nerd to sassy rebel. Teen comedy-drama Girl in Progress is too self-consciously quirky for its own good, but Ramirez brims with sparky charm as the wilful Ansiedad, while Mendes gives a core of likeability to the dismayingly wayward Grace, whose own immaturity is clearly the source of her daughter’s problems.
Certificate 15. Runtime 89 mins. Director Patricia Riggen.
Girl in Progress is released on DVD by Lionsgate UK.