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Havoc (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  16 October 2005 (Armenia)
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Two affluent suburban girls who clash with the Latino gang culture of East LA.



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Jose L. Vasquez ...
Manuel (as Johnny Vasquez)
Mr. Rubin


A pair of naive young girls learn that even the most insignificant actions can have lasting consequences. Influenced by the hip-hop thug lifestyle and seeking to explore life outside of their insulated, culturally homogenized suburb, pretty young teenagers Allison and Emily set their sights on East L.A. to experience the "gangsta" lifestyle firsthand. By the time the pair meet a ruthless Mexican drug dealer named Hector, some true-life Latino gang-bangers, and realize just how far out of their element they really are, it may already be too late to turn back. Written by Giancarlos Calderon

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, violence, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 October 2005 (Armenia)  »

Also Known As:

The Powers That Be  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Originally titled "The Powers That Be" when written in 1995, and retitled "Havoc" in early 2003. See more »


When the girls go out to the bar and Allison is talking to Richard, in one shot her purse is on the counter. Then she's putting it on her shoulder, and in the next shot, it's back on the counter before he gives her the "blow". See more »


Emily: [Emily, Amanda, and Sasha approach Allison at her locker the morning after her arrest with Hector and his gang] Ally, you are soo fucking down!
Sasha: Yeah, like doing hard time and shit...
Allison: [trying hard to be modest] No, no, it wasn't like that...
Amanda: Come on, I heard you hit a cop and you got into a knife fight!
Allison: Na, no-no guys. It was more like uh... detention.
[tosses her purse into her locker and flings it shut]
Allison: See ya later!
[puts her arm around Emily's waist and the two of them walk away]
Amanda: [...]
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References Primetime: Episode dated 4 December 2002 (2002) See more »


Muneca Fea
Written by Francisco and Sergio Gomez
Performed by Akwid
Courtesy of Univision Records
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A Nutshell Review: Havoc
26 June 2006 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I could start off this review in Singlish by saying "This movie damn havoc", and it just about sums it up accurately and nicely. Sex, drugs and gangsterism from the hop is hip culture, this movie attempts to provide a social commentary about the lives of super rich teenagers in the Palasades, wasting their bored lives away by trying to emulate another culture they think is cool, the wannabes who chose not to conform to the norms, but try their darndest best to be one in the 'hood.

Anne Hathaway assumes the lead role as Allison Lang, a wide-eyed teenager whose language is as beautiful as her appearance. Having her material needs satisfied by her ultra rich parents, but living in essentially an empty home, her friends and her seek out the alternative lifestyle which promises loads of fun and excitement - drugs, drink and fights. Being associated with a gang brings about some perceived self esteem and self worth. But where do you draw the line when you're always seeking another high moment? A journey to "downtown" - the areas of the have-nots, where seedy bogeymen reside in, areas where parents warn their children to stay away from, sparks a discovery of a wonderland for Allison and her best friend Emily (Bijou Phillips), as they make repeated trips to be amongst the real boys in the 'hood, to hang out, chill, and do whatever them wannabes have done at a magnitude of 10. It's a primal attraction and sexual tension between the girls and the men (not the boys they hang out with, who pee in their pants when faced with real danger - acting cool is not cool), and between Allison and Hector (Freddy Rodriguez).

But like all revelations, sometimes it takes the hard way to learn a lesson, and the movie picked up on this rather rapidly in the last third, once they got enticed into playing a game of dice (with sexual connotations) in order to be initiated into Hector's gang. Basically, the audience observes the attraction of an alternative lifestyle, of wannabes thinking they can handle it all, and of redemption and change.

While it was a surprise to see Michael Biehn in the movie, the movie clearly belonged to Anne Hathaway in her very first attempt to break away from her goody-two-shoes roles like in the Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted. However, with the M18 rating here, this movie suffered cuts where it really mattered, and a poor edit too at one of the more pivotal scenes which literally screwed up the understanding of what actually happened, only to be told at face value, suggesting the "truth" of the matter, at a later stage. Sometimes I wonder why not release it as R21, and keep the film intact. Surely Hathaway has fans, but to mutilate the movie to let them in, is a bad decision.

It's peculiar to have the movie released this week, up against Singer's SUperman. Maybe some rebellious bored teenagers happen to be the answer to balance the truth and justice that the last son of Krypton embodies?

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