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Living the Life (2000)

R | | Crime, Drama
Kata has lived her first fifteen years believing that, although she has an amazing ancestry, the only thing that lies in her future is a broken heart, the symbol of the Ninth Street Gang. ... See full summary »


Alex Munoz


Lynne Ewing (novel), Lynne Ewing (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Katrina Gibson Katrina Gibson ... Kata
Jay Hernandez ... Kikicho
Melida Prado Melida Prado ... Ana
Yvette Cruise ... Rosa
Angela Alvarado ... Pilar
J.D. Evermore ... Pilar's Boyfriend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roberto Alvarez Roberto Alvarez ... Chucho
Kenneth Wayne Bradley ... Paramedic
Alcides Dias ... Club Bouncer
Christin Espinoza Christin Espinoza ... Celia (as Christin Garza)
Kristin Gamez Kristin Gamez ... Rita
Jay Michaelson ... Flashback Boy friend
Nataly Peña ... Amelia (as Natalie Pena)
Leonard Prado Leonard Prado ... Man with gun
Abel Soto ... Pocho


Kata has lived her first fifteen years believing that, although she has an amazing ancestry, the only thing that lies in her future is a broken heart, the symbol of the Ninth Street Gang. She and her lifelong friend Ana are two of the toughest members of their gang, fearing nothing but the loss of each other. Car-jacking, fights, and running from the cops are a daily routine as the girls fight to protect their territory and their reputation. Performing as "Outrageous Chaos" in local dance contests provides their only relief, but each night they must return home to the sad reality of their lives. Written by Bill Savage <bill@mjmpost.com>

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for teen drinking and some sexual references






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Filming Locations:

San Antonio, Texas, USA

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Raul: Te deseo tanto Ana.
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Easy To Believe
3 May 2005 | by TBelton1See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie; it was accurate to "La Vida Loca" the crazy life that street gangs live in East LA, and was predictably tragic. At first glance I felt that actor Jay Hernandez (Kikicho) would have been better suited for the role of the 9th Street Gang leader Pocho played by actor Abel Soto; however Soto did such a great job in the part I ended up changing my mind. The plot centers around the wild street life of two girls, (Kata) Katrina Gibson & Anna, who seem to be courting trouble throughout the movie. They are supposedly affiliated and tight with the 9th Street gang, but they rarely are found in the company of the gang and frequently say and do things to tick off many of the gang members, most notably the gangs leader Pocho (Soto.) This was the only point that didn't follow logic at times, although it is explained in part by the girls attachments to the gangs leaders; Pocho wants Anna & Kikicho is after Kata. The acting in this movie was excellent; especially by Soto, Hernandez, and Gibson in that order. The funeral scene in the church was unbelievable as the gang poses for photos around the coffin of one of its fallen members (I won't spoil it as to who this ends up being.) This scene was saying so many things at the same time, and should be watched 2,3, perhaps 4 times to take in everything that is happening. I give it 9 stars out of 10.

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