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A sweet “Quinceanera” vs. the greed of MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16”

A sweet "Quinceanera" vs. the greed of MTV's "My Super Sweet 16"

Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland‘s “Quinceanera” is made up of little moments. One of them shows Magdalena (Emily Rios) and a younger sibling as they watch TV — specifically, America’s Next Top Model. “Congratulations, you’re on your way to becoming America’s next top model,” Tyra Banks repeatedly half-whispers to the remaining contestants, as Magdalena watches from her couch. Her younger male companion’s fascination with the screen may or may not mean that he’ll follow in the footsteps of cousin Carlos (Jesse Garcia) and become a “gay.” As for Magdalena, she seems detached from, maybe even unimpressed by, the beauty pageant. She has other things on her mind — she’d like to be able to celebrate her 15th birthday, but she’s pregnant. Johnny Ray Huston reports in SF360.

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