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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

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 Luis 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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Taglines:

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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Country:

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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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Channing Tatum's stunt double in this movie, Mark Foran, was a very prominent hockey player from Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada. He can be seen as an extra in many other movies, but mainly does stunt work for Tatum. See more »

Goofs

When Allison is talking to her dad at work, he has a water bottle in his hands when the camera is on him the lid is on, but when it turns to Allison the lid is off. It does this for a couple times. See more »

Quotes

Emily: What if it's like we're on our death beds and looking back at our lives... and looking at all the guys we've liked, loved and just fucked... and it turns out, that the whole time, like we were supposed to be together.
Allison: [Pushes Emily over and gets on top of her] I don't think I could go down on you.
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Connections

References Punk'd (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Can I Get a...
Written by Jeffrey Atkins, Jay Z (as Shawn "Jay Z" Carter), Irving Lorenzo, Rob Mays and Andre Robin
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc., White Rhino Music and Ensign Music Corporation
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Havoc, yeah, right!
10 December 2005 | by MovieZooSee all my reviews

I admit the only reason I watched this movie was to see Anne Hathaway's contribution to the arts and to see if Richard Roeper's praise was on the mark. This was not art. What was she thinking? What was Roeper thinking? I thought maybe she chose this movie because she saw some challenge. The only challenge I believe she had was showing her breasts. Her character was shallow, and it was supposed to be. How difficult is it to play a shallow character? It couldn't have been too difficult because every one of the gang-banger-wannabes was shallow. True to life for them but so what? The parents were just as shallow. The more I watched, the more I prayed for someone to start acting. Just when I saw possibilities, I was disappointed once again.

The best characters were Hector and his gang. They were the most intriguing because once Allison made contact, it became possible that someone was going to experience a change in life and Hector was truly one who could make that change. On the other hand, Allison could also make the change. Welll, it disappointed again. It isn't that a change hadn't occurred, a change did occur, but not one that would help this movie.

The movie is weak and often gives one a reason to walk away. Someone wanted to tell a story that would show life on the wild side and probably encourage abstention to anyone tempted to indulge in a very tough and rough life. But the people who wanted to tell that story gave up, ironically, just like the shallow characters. The lesson was apparently lost with any hope to make this a quality film.

One last thing, if anyone can find a character to relate to, good luck to you. Good luck to Anne, too. Maybe now that Anne has bared her breasts, she will be able to bare her soul in a role more deserving.

2/10 is the best I can do. I guess anyone having anything to do with Havoc is destined to give so little.


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