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Release Date: March 28, 2003

Starring: Victor Rasuk, Judy Marte, Melonie Diaz, Altagracia Guzman, and Silvestre Rasuk

Genre: Drama

Audience: Teenagers and adults REVIEWER:
Dr. Tom Snyder RAISING VICTOR
VARGAS is a winsome character
study of a Dominican Republic
family living in New York
City. The family is led by the
grandmother, who alone is
raising her two grandsons and
granddaughter. Her eldest
grandson, Victor, is a bit of
a troublemaker who spends his
summer days dreaming of
romantic conquests. He tries
to seduce a local neighborhood
girl, who's known on the
streets as "Fat Donna." He
leaves her bedroom, however,
when his sister finds out and
shames him by telling her
friend over the telephone.
Victor angrily breaks the
phone, which forces his
grandmother to put a lock on
the phone. Victor sets his
sights on a pretty girl named
Judy, whom he meets by the
pool. She holds him at arm's
length, until she decides that
she can use Victor to keep
away the more mature boys in
the neighborhood who are
always after her. Victor and
Judy begin a tentative
courtship. Meanwhile, Victor
sets up Judy's chubby little
brother with his chubby
sister. Victor's sour-faced
sister grudgingly puts up with
the boy's attentions, which
mostly consist of polite
conversation, flowers and
sweet glances. Slowly, the
Roman Catholic faith of
Victor's grandmother and
Judy's gentle, careful
instruction of Victor in how
to treat a girl tames the wild
boy, until a misunderstanding
with his grandmother threatens
Victor's idyllic
summer. Despite the movie's
opening scene in Fat Donna's
bedroom, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS
turns out to be a sweet
romance. The grandmother's
attempts to raise her wayward
grandson are touching and
amusing. A scene in a church
appears to positively
influence Victor, giving the
movie a light Christian
worldview. Altagracia Guzman
is simply charming as Victor's
little, but indomitable,
gray-haired grandmother. "You
need me," the grandmother
keeps telling her
grandchildren, a sentiment to
which Victor eventually
replies, "You need us." Victor
Rasuk and Judy Marte are also
winsome as the two romantic
leads. Strains of Johann
Sebastian Bach help mitigate
the movie's foul language,
which is, nevertheless,
significant. In addition to
the gratuitous foul language,
RAISING VICTOR VARGAS contains
a scene of implied fornication
between Victor and Judy's two
friends. Also, when Victor and
his grandmother have their
final tiff, Victor and Judy go
off together and fall asleep
in each other's arms until
morning, though there is no
indication that any sex was
involved, beyond some brief
onscreen kissing. Please
address your comments
to: Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.,
Chairman/CEO The Samuel
Goldwyn Co. 10203 Santa Monica
Blvd. Los Angeles, CA
90067 Phone: (310)
552-2255 Fax: (310) 284-8493

Rating: R

Runtime: 88 minutes

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Content:

(C, LLL, S, N, D, M) Light Christian worldview about a Dominican Republic family living in New York City; about 78 mostly strong obscenities and 10 light profanities; no violence; implied fornication between two minor characters, teenager visits girl's bedroom, and teenagers sleep overnight; upper male nudity and teenage girl in underwear; no alcohol; smoking; and, sibling rivalry and rebelliousness.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

RAISING VICTOR VARGAS is the story of a teenager and his Dominican Republic grandmother, who's trying to dampen the boy's hot-blooded interest in girls. RAISING VICTOR VARGAS is a winsome character study with a positive worldview, but it contains plenty of gratuitous foul language and brief sexual connotations.

Review:

RAISING VICTOR VARGAS is a winsome character study of a Dominican Republic family living in New York City. The family is led by the grandmother, who alone is raising her two grandsons and granddaughter.

Her eldest grandson, Victor, is a bit of a troublemaker who spends his summer days dreaming of romantic conquests. He tries to seduce a local neighborhood girl, who's known on the streets as "Fat Donna." He leaves her bedroom, however, when his sister finds out and shames him by telling her friend over the telephone. Victor angrily breaks the phone, which forces his grandmother to put a lock on the phone.

Victor sets his sights on a pretty girl named Judy, whom he meets by the pool. She holds him at arm's length, until she decides that she can use Victor to keep away the more mature boys in the neighborhood who are always after her. Victor and Judy begin a tentative courtship. Meanwhile, Victor sets up Judy's chubby little brother with his chubby sister. Victor's sour-faced sister grudgingly puts up with the boy's attentions, which mostly consist of polite conversation, flowers and sweet glances.

Slowly, the Roman Catholic faith of Victor's grandmother and Judy's gentle, careful instruction of Victor in how to treat a girl tames the wild boy, until a misunderstanding with his grandmother threatens Victor's idyllic summer.

Despite the movie's opening scene in Fat Donna's bedroom, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS turns out to be a sweet romance. The grandmother's attempts to raise her wayward grandson are touching and amusing. A scene in a church appears to positively influence Victor, giving the movie a light Christian worldview.

Altagracia Guzman is simply charming as Victor's little, but indomitable, gray-haired grandmother. "You need me," the grandmother keeps telling her grandchildren, a sentiment to which Victor eventually replies, "You need us." Victor Rasuk and Judy Marte are also winsome as the two romantic leads.

Strains of Johann Sebastian Bach help mitigate the movie's foul language, which is, nevertheless, significant. In addition to the gratuitous foul language, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS contains a scene of implied fornication between Victor and Judy's two friends. Also, when Victor and his grandmother have their final tiff, Victor and Judy go off together and fall asleep in each other's arms until morning, though there is no indication that any sex was involved, beyond some brief onscreen kissing.

Please address your comments to:

Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Chairman/CEO

The Samuel Goldwyn Co.

10203 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: (310) 552-2255

Fax: (310) 284-8493

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