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Havoc (2005)

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

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... Allison Lang
... Emily
... Amanda
... Stuart Lang
... Sam
... Eric
... Hector
... Joanna Lang
... Toby
... Chino
... Sasha
... Nick
... Manuel (as Johnny Vasquez)
... Ace
... Mr. Rubin
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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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Some lines aren't meant to be crossed... See more »

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Crime | Drama

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

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16 October 2005 (Armenia)  »

Also Known As:

The Powers That Be  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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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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The urine on Toby's pants disappears between shots. See more »

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Amanda: [whispering to Sasha] Say something!
Sasha: [to Allison and Emily in the front seat] OK, ya' know what? I, for one, wanna' just voice the opinion that this is crazy whack. I just had to say that.
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I Got 5 on It
Written by Thomas Derrick McElroy, Denzil Foster, Jay A. King, Garrick Husbands, Jerold Ellis,
George Funky Brown (as George Melvin Brown), Robert Spike Mickens (as Robert Pike Mickens), Robert Kool Bell (as Robert Earl Bell), Anthony Douglas Gilmour, Michael Marshall, Ronald Bell, Donald Boyle, Claydes Smith, Richard Westfield, Dennis D.T. Thomas (as Dennis Thomas) and Kool & The Gang
Performed by Luniz
Published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., Second Decade Music and Lehsem Songs
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc., EMI April Music Inc. and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
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Two hours I can never get back.
20 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Words cannot express how much I hated this movie. I hated every aspect of it, from the direction to the writing to the acting. Havoc is the story of one teenager's (Anne Hathaway) exploration of a world outside that which she is accustomed. And that's putting it in a way that gives this movie more credit than it deserves. Hathaway's character is part of a "gang" of white, upper-class high-schoolers who backlash at their upbringing by emulated black culture. She and her friends eventually decide to take a trip to East L.A., and no hilarity ensues.

I decided to watch this movie for two reasons: Stephen Gaghan had a hand in it; and Anne Hathaway, who I have always found enjoyable to watch, was starring in it.

I'll begin my criticism with the writing. After finally viewing the movie, I can honestly say that I found nothing that resembles Stephen Gaghan in the script. Vapid is the only word I can think of to describe the thoughts and ideas of this movie. It is one of the those movies that tries so hard to make a social comment, yet fails so miserably. The characters are all one-dimensional, especially Toby (Mike Vogel), the wigger boyfriend of Hathaway's character Allison. His actions are so broad and exaggerated, I had a hard time taking anything he, or anyone on screen at the time, did seriously. Finally, each character was written to be an example of a stereotype. I almost laughed when Hector (Freddy Rodriguez) tried to explain that not everything in East L.A. was about gangs and drugs, then proceeded to fill every stereotype of a movie gang member.

Each and every actor in this movie lost points in my book for being associated with this film. Even those I like and respect. Michael Biehn, Laura San Giacomo, Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips all have done serious, believable roles. Even Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose only respectable role I've seen him in was "10 Things I Hate About You" (I haven't seen "Manic" as of this writing), in which he was at least believable. Here, his unbelievable overacting reaches a point at which Paris Hilton would be proud.

This brings me to the directing. Because I respect many of the leads and they have done great work in the past, I can only blame the awful choices on the director.

Very few movies reach the depths this movie does. I have not hated a movie so much since "The Doom Generation." Stay away if you can.


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