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Mi vida loca (1993)

R | | Crime, Drama | 15 July 1994 (USA)
Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named ... See full summary »

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Mousie and Sad Girl are childhood best friends in a contemporary Los Angeles poor Hispanic neighborhood. But when Sad Girl becomes pregnant by Mousie's boyfriend, a drug dealer named Ernesto, the two become bitter enemies. While their dispute escalates towards violence, the violence of the world around them soon also impacts their lives. Written by Reid Gagle

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Mothers. Warriors. Sisters. Survivors.

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Rated R for strong language, and for drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$3,269,420 (USA)
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Jason Lee's film debut. See more »

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Sad Girl: When Mousie and me joined our gang, all the names were taken except Mousie and Sad Girl. Everyone said Maribel should be Mousie cuz she was so little. Sleepy said "No stupid because then we're gonna have to name Mona Sad Girl and she's not sad at all." Rascal said "Stupid , it don't matter." Sleepy was mad and kept saying "She's too happy to be Sad Girl."
[cut to Sad Girl sitting in a chair with a baby in her lap]
Sad Girl: "But they don't say that to me no more."
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Girls It Ain't Easy
Written by Ron Dunbar (as Ronald Dunbar) and Eddie Holland (as Edythe Wayne)
Gold Forever Music Inc.
Admin. by All Nations Music (BMI)
Original Version Performed by Honey Cone
Courtesy of Holland Group Productions, Inc.
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Doesn't hit all the right targets, but dramatically effective
28 June 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"Mi Vida Loca" is a documentary-like approach to examining the lives of Hispanic girls in Echo Park. The film is never over-dramatized. The dialogue is authentic, and never stylized, and so are the performances. The story never takes the predictable Hollywood route. However, it still could've used more structure. At first I thought the film's focus was on the character of Sad Girl. About 15-20 minutes through, the focus changes to another character and the same pattern occurs throughout the film. So I didn't feel as connected to the film as I expected. If the characters and situations were unrealistic, I would be totally disengaged, but that wasn't the case and as a result, I was still entertained and moved. Almost all the scenes take place in apartments, sidewalks and parks, so it's obvious that the film was made on a low-budget, but that small budget was put to good use and I give Allison Anders much credit.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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