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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 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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We used to plan our weddings, drawing long, flowing, white gowns in the sand with sticks. Then, in sixth grade a stone rolled in front of our futures and we started planning our funerals instead. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for teen drinking and some sexual references






Also Known As:

Party Girls See more »

Filming Locations:

San Antonio, Texas, USA

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Production Co:

Rich/Es,Richs Productions See more »
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Kata: We're party girls, you and me.
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Where Are All The Role Model Men?
23 May 2004 | by soutexmexSee all my reviews

Being a middle-aged Hispanic male, I am probably not the intended audience of this film, based on a popular young adult book, but I watched it anyway and was surprised how engaging it was until the twist in the middle of the movie and then it kind of dwindled after that. It seemed the main character waffled back and forth about her true feelings. Perhaps she was confused about her future but I don't think the lead actress was good enough for the audience to feel sympathetic towards her dilemma. I guess being at an age where I could be the characters' father, I was amazed at the lack of Latino men in positive role models. For the two main characters, there was no father, uncle, cousin, no man who espoused constructive ideas. Instead, we get gangbangers who abuse their own women. Okay, maybe that's the way it is in this society but in order to have drama, you need conflict between competing ideas. None of that was shown which shows the difference between this film and the mid-90s Allison Anders' film, 'Mi Vida Loca' with its similar theme.

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