Girl in Progress - Eva Mendes, Cierra-Ramirez

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.

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Certificate 15. Runtime 89 mins. Director Patricia Riggen.

Girl in Progress is released on DVD by Lionsgate UK.