Two affluent suburban girls clash with the Latino gang culture of East L.A.

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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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Sex! Crime! Drugs! We are Kids in America! (German 2011 DVD re-release) See more »

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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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16 October 2005 (Armenia)  »

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The Powers That Be  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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The original writer, Jessica Kaplan, died at age 24 in a small plane crash over Los Angeles' Fairfax district (6 June 2003), just before filming started. The plane was piloted by her uncle. The film is dedicated to her. See more »

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The urine on Toby's pants disappears between shots. See more »

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Emily: The one fucking time that I really, really needed you, you didn't have my back.
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Connections

Followed by Normal Adolescent Behavior (2007) See more »

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No Hay Manera
Written by Francisco Gomez, Sergio Gomez and Alberto Valadez Aguilera p/k/a Juan Gabriel
Performed by Akwid
Courtesy of Univision Records and BMG Songs Inc.
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Living the life.
8 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK. I just saw this tonight for the first time. I don't care what you others say, the acting was good, the production was good. Now, Anne was a bad choice for the lead because she does look a little old for the role, but other than that, it was a good film. Let me tell you why, if I may. I grew up in the hood. Not what little preppy white kids consider the hood, but the actual hood. I am talking about drive-bys, gang wars, drug dealers on the corners and at every bus stop. It might bother people, but this was an accurate portrayal of the ghetto. This showed the stereotype of suburban white youth. No, not all white kids are whiggers with attitudes that they can't back up. Just like not all Latinos are rock dealers. But, please you must recognize that this is showing stereotypes and nothing more. Remember, we wouldn't have stereotypes if there wasn't a lot of truth behind it. White kids, especially affluent ones, are fountains of cynicism. They have no direction in life. Therefore, a great many of them turn into what this film shows. Latinos, those from areas like my own, often do gang up and its very common for them to sell rock and reef. Its not racism, and its not an attack on a culture, its the truth, painful as it might be. If you actually watched this film closely, and had an open point of view, you'd see that the only thing in this movie that lacks credibility, is Anne's age.


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