Review: ‘Girl in Progress’ never really grows up

May 10, 2012 • Entertainment

In this film image released by Pantelion Films, Eva Mendes is shown in a scene from “Girl in Progress.” (AP Photo/Pantelion Films, Bob Akester)

The strong, sexy presence of Eva Mendes and the girlish perkiness of Cierra Ramirez can only go so far to make the forced mother-daughter dramedy “Girl in Progress” tolerable.

It’s a coming-of-age story that knows it’s a coming-of-age story — as in, our young heroine is well aware of the conventions of this kind of tale and goes out of her way to manufacture various rites of passage to expedite her transformation from innocence to womanhood. Ramirez’s character, the teenage Ansiedad, literally creates a flow chart in her bedroom and spells out her strategy with her only friend (the sweetly nerdy Raini Login to read more

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