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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Too much is never enough 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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Bijou Phillips and Anne Hathaway refused to do any press or promotions for the film after producers got heavily involved and took the final cut away from the film's female director (Barbara Kopple). This led to the film not being released in theaters. See more »

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When Allison and Emily are rapping in Allison's room, above and to the right of Emily's head is a light and the boom microphone is clearly visible See more »

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Hector: What you doin' around here? Looking all homegirl and shit?
Allison: I always dress like this!
Hector: Oh, yeah? Wow! Here I am, trying to look like I got the money, and you're trying to look like ME! Fuckin' white people.
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References Primetime: Episode dated 4 December 2002 (2002) See more »

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I Got 5 on It
Written by Thomas Derrick McElroy, Denzil Foster, Jay A. King, Garrick Husbands, Jerold Ellis,
George Funky Brown (as George Melvin Brown), Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Pike Mickens), Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Earl Bell), Anthony Douglas Gilmour, Michael Marshall, Ronald Bell, Donald Boyle, Claydes Smith, Richard Westfield, Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) and Kool & The Gang
Performed by Luniz
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Second Decade Music and Lehsem Songs
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc., EMI April Music Inc. and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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Was it Really Necessary?
25 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was often times painful to watch, and it's not because of its "moving" subject matter. It's possible the filmmakers aren't at fault, here, because when you make a movie about irritating people, don't be surprised that the viewers will find themselves irritated. But if you take on a film that'll make people's brains hemorrhage, you probably deserve to be booed.

Honestly, though, after seeing this piece of crap, I'm surprised Stephen Gaghan can still get work in Hollywood. Likewise for Hathaway, who does a respectable job with a vastly mundane script. Not so kudos to Bijou Philips, for whom playing trash isn't exactly a huge stretch or test of acting ability, nor to Freddy Rodriguez, who, to make his speech more threatening, actually slows himself down so much that he starts. Speaking. In. Fragments. Of the trio, though, he may be the most surprising transformation, especially since he's so squeaky on "Six Feet Under." It was unexpected, but it may have been a casting mistake. Instead of appearing threatening, he looks more like he has Short Man's Syndrome, since Hathaway has a head of height on him, and may appear more menacing therefore. I know I shouldn't be so astounded, but it stupefies me still, how far Hollywood will go to make the worst casting decisions in the name of getting someone proximately famous for the DVD cover. Oy...

I think the most irksome thing about "Havoc" is that, in the end, it's a vacuous morality tale. They had a chance to make something of the examination of bored, rich teenagers who want to be poor on purpose, but they instead glazed over it. No one involved has long-lasting suffering. It's like the whole thing was just a bad dream, which is, I suppose, a fitting description of a night spent watching "Havoc," a most aptly-titled film. The most disappointing aspect of the whole deal is that the personal responsibility lesson isn't given enough gravity. Bored, unlikable, upper-class adolescents get in a wee bit of trouble with a Latin gang of their own accord? My cup overfloweth. Honest to God, if I have to hear another person defend an individual's actions on the basis of the "It's only your fault until you get hurt; then, you can blame someone else" line, I'm going to implode. And guess what "Havoc" does?

Bottom line: if you're looking for half-naked girls, you've hit the jackpot. Also, if you're a teenager and you're looking for some kind of searing expose of the "Gee, I think I'll go join a gang today" lifestyle, you, too, are in luck. Otherwise, don't be surprised if you find yourself vomiting uncontrollably and crying for your mother during the ninety minutes of the train wreck called "Havoc."


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