Family-Friendly Film Debuts to Critical Acclaim

On May 11, Pantelion Film’s latest project Girl in Progress, starring Eva Mendes (The Other Guys, Hitch, Training Day), and Cierra Ramirez, opened up in select theaters around the country and proved to be a Mother’s Day favorite among movie goers as it hit No. 10 at the box office.

The heart-warming, coming of age family drama Girl in Progress also stars Matthew Modine (The Dark Knight Rises), Patricia Arquette (A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III; Medium) and Eugenio Derbez (Under the Same Moon, Rob!) and is directed by Patricia Riggen (Under the Same Moon, Lemonade Mouth). This inspiring film reminds viewers to enjoy life in the moment, cherish our families, love our neighbors, respect ourselves and not take for granted what is right in front of you.

The limited release also debuted to critical acclaim from film critics across the U.S.:

“Smart and sensitive”- New York Times

“Girl in Progress, is one uplifting movie every loving mother wouldn’t want to miss”!

“Lessons are learned all around in this sweet story. Director Patricia Riggen has an instinctual grasp of the bond between mother and child. The tension between anxiety and grace is played out in Girl in Progress with sweetness and light.”- St. Anthony Messenger

Girl in Progress is something that moms and daughters to watch together and talk about. It’s also worth boosting a movie that doesn’t rely on the same Hannah Montana clones to cast; the more that young girls can see themselves onscreen, the better.”—

Additional in depth features with Riggen, Ramirez and other members of the cast can be found on, Dallas Morning News, JCTV, The Christian Post and CCM Magazine.

Girl in Progress tells the story of Grace (Eva Mendes), a single mom who is too busy juggling work, bills and relationships, to give her daughter, Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) the attention she desperately needs. When Ansiedad’s English teacher, Ms. Armstrong (Patricia Arquette), introduces her students to classic coming-of-age stories, Ansiedad is inspired to skip adolescence and jump-start her life without mom. While Grace becomes preoccupied with the increasing affections of her co-worker (Eugenio Derbez), Ansiedad enlists the help of her loyal friend, Tavita (Disney star Raini Rodriguez), to plot her shortcut to “adulthood.” But as her misguided plan unravels, Ansiedad and Grace must learn that sometimes growing-up means acting your age.

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About Pantelion Films

Pantelion Films is the first major Latino Hollywood studio and the new face of Hispanic entertainment.

It is a synergistic partnership between Lionsgate Entertainment and Grupo Televisa. Pantelion provides Hispanic moviegoers with a steady source of exciting and original films, which include top-rated Latino actors, directors and writers. From broad comedies and dramas, to family movies and romantic comedies, Pantelion produces and acquires movies that speak directly to acculturated and Spanish-dominant Hispanics alike. Additionally, the company’s partnership with the largest cinema chains in America ensures that each film is accessible across the country to enjoy.

Lionsgate is the leading independent film and television studio responsible for such box office hits as the Tyler Perry Franchise, Crash, Precious and Monster’s Ball. Televisa is the largest and most powerful Spanish language media company in existence, and has established itself as a leader in serving the entertainment needs of Hispanic audiences around the world.


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