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 ...
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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
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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]
"But they don't say that to me no more."
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The Good Hit
Performed by Funkdoobiest
Written by Son Doobie (as Jason Vasquez), Tyrone Pacheco, Larry Muggerud (as DJ Muggs) and DJ Ralph
Funkdoobiest Music/Immoral/BMG/Soul Assassin/MCA (ASCAP)
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I'm a big fan of cheap movies, and again I'm shown an excellent example here of intelligent shoe-string filmmaking.
The story revolves around the hispanic girl gang of Echo Park, while there is no story as such, the floating viewpoint takes in the mindsets of all the characters and gives a kind of overview of what it's like to live your life to the strict rules of gang culture.
Some of the women look very hard indeed, and I found out later a few are actual gang members. Very impressive. Watch out for cameos by a young Spike Jonze and Jason Lee. That's a footnote though, the film is enjoyable, the medium pace never stretches your patience and the performances are very good.
Themes of retribution, faith, friendship and loyalty are the main talking points, but I'd recommend this film to anyone with a slight interest in gang culture and in this case, female gangs.
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