Girl in Progress is a film that has a lot of positive elements, but that never hits its stride. It’s a film I wanted to like more than I did.
First the positives – Eva Mendes (Grace) looks beautiful as always. Girl in Progress also features a promising up-and-comer in Cierra Ramirez, who plays Grace’s angsty daughter Ansiedad. Quality supporting performances from Matthew Modine and Patricia Arquette help bring some maturity and gravitas to the story (a la Richard Jenkins in Friends With Benefits). And at its core, Girl in Progress most importantly has a good heart, or at the least good intentions.
Now some of the negatives… Read our full Girl in Progress movie review.