Granted, the rebellious-teenager story has been done, but Girl in Progress has something no other coming-of-age tale has: Eva Mendes.
The film stars Mendes as Grace, a single mother struggling to pay the bills, and newcomer Cierra Ramirez (The Suite Life of Zack and Cody) as Ansiedad, her daughter. In what may be her first role as something other than a sexy siren, Mendes seems a natural fit for the role of a single mom who has never grown up. Meanwhile, apparently Ansiedad is adapting to adolescence in the way we all do: by decapitating her teddy bears and adopting a hip, new hairstyle. (I imagine that if your mom looks like Eva Mendes, you’re bound to harbor some teen angst.) When Ansiedad is on the verge of making some bad decisions, her mother is too involved in her affair with a married man to notice. Thus, it would seem that the film’s title applies equally to both mother and daughter.
In addition to Mendes and Ramirez, the trailer offers some fresh dialogue, for which we may credit screenwriter Hiram Martinez. His screenplay Ansiedad, on which Girl in Progress is presumably based, was one of eleven finalists for the 2009 Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.