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Raising Victor Vargas

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Manhattan's gritty, majestic Lower East Side is the sweltering romantic playground for Victor Vargas (Victor Rasuk), a self-styled teenage Casanova who, despite his adolescent hubris, has a lot to learn about love.

Eager to protect his street-cred after his friends discover he's been sleeping with upstairs neighbour "Fat Donna" (Donna Maldonado), Victor sets out to nab a new girl. Much to her annoyance, popular "Juicy Judy" Ramirez (Judy Marte) finds herself the object of Victor's relentless attention. After a humiliating series of public rejections, Victor strikes a bargain with Judy's younger brother Carlos (Wilfree Vasquez). In exchange for a date with Victor's younger sister, Vicky, Carlos will help Victor win Judy's affections. His plan proves successful and Judy agrees to tolerate him as "her new man," securing Victor's place high atop the neighbourhood's social pecking order.

Unfortunately, his hilariously cantankerous old-school grandmother (Altagracia Guzman), with whom he and his siblings live, is convinced that Victor's teen-age sexual antics make him a bad kid. Caught between regaining his grandmother's trust and helping his kid brother and sister negotiate the oft-baffling ways of the world, Victor discover that there's a difference between acting like a man and becoming one. As he and Judy slowly start to trust and be trusted, Victor learns that a lot of love has been put into raising Victor Vargas.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film teen New York Manhattan Hispanic coming-of-age romance ego love growing up

Persons of interest

  • Victor Rasuk .... Victor Vargas
  • Judy Marte .... Judy Ramirez
  • Melonie Diaz .... Melonie
  • Altagracia Guzman .... Grandma
  • Silvestre Rasuk .... Nino Vargas
  • Krystal Rodriguez .... Vicki Vargas
  • Kevin Rivera .... Harold
  • Wilfree Vasquez .... Carlos
  • Donna Maldonado .... Donna
  • Eva Vives .... Storywriter
  • Peter Sollett .... Storywriter
  • Peter Sollett .... Screenwriter
  • Peter Sollett .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

A fun coming-of-age story somewhere in the steamy New York summer.

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level coarse language, sexual references)

Surveillance time

88 minutes (1:28 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 23 October 2003

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