Two affluent suburban girls clash with the Latino gang culture of East Los Angeles.

Director:

Barbara Kopple

Writers:

Stephen Gaghan (story), Jessica Kaplan (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Hathaway ... Allison Lang
Bijou Phillips ... Emily
Shiri Appleby ... Amanda
Michael Biehn ... Stuart Lang
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Sam
Matt O'Leary ... Eric
Freddy Rodríguez ... Hector
Laura San Giacomo ... Joanna Lang
Mike Vogel ... Toby
Raymond Cruz ... Chino
Alexis Dziena ... Sasha
Channing Tatum ... Nick
Jose Vasquez ... Manuel (as Johnny Vasquez)
Luis Robledo ... Ace
Sam Hennings ... Mr. Rubin
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, violence, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Joseph Gordon Levitt and Channing Tatum were in three films together: Havoc (2005), Stop-Loss (2008) and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009). They were also in the the TV series Comrade Detective (2017) together, and the short Morgan and Destiny's Eleventeenth Date: The Zeppelin Zoo (2010). 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 »

Quotes

Stuart Lang: You were arrested! With crack dealers!
[walks to the other end of the counter next to Joanna]
Joanna Lang: [after a long pause] Maybe this hasn't been the easiest place to live, lately.
Stuart Lang: [walks back over across from Allison] Alright, so we talk about it. That's what we're supposed to do. One of us has a problem, we all talk it over.
Allison: [rolling her eyes in disbelief] Oh, right! Who are you kidding? Who can ever talk to you when you're never even here?
Stuart Lang: [raising his voice] Well, I'm gonna' make it easier for you to find ...
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Alternate Versions

"R" rated theatrical and international version running time is 86 minutes. Unrated and extended DVD version running time is 93 minutes. The unrated and extended DVD version was edited by New Line Home Entertainment. See more »


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Havoc
Written by Ainsworth Prasad and Evance Ambo
Performed by Fuze and Brainz Dimilo
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Living the life.

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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USA | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 October 2005 (Armenia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Powers That Be See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$371,000
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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