Written and directed by ER (1994) castmember Lily Mariye, this gritty, sexually frank coming-of-age story has won 11 awards. Set in inner-city Los Angeles. Stars the immensely sympathetic ... See full summary »
Elizabeth Wood based this film on journal entries about her own life experiences during her adolescence. See more »
Leah puts a cigarette in her mouth, tobacco end first, then tamps the same end down in a small pile of cocaine (to get some in the cigarette?) then puts it back into her mouth, again tobacco end first. When she removes her hand, the cigarette has reversed so that the filter end is now magically in her mouth.
One of the most horrifying movies I have seen all year
I have lived around these types of people all of my life. Living in an Urban environment, you run across, encounter, and and deal with almost every single personality presented in this film.
1. The ditzy, naive, and easy influenced white girl.
2. The wannabe gansta, wannabe pretty-boy Latin drug dealer,
3. The plain, mousy best friend who has no opinions of her own,
4. The annoying, ghetto lackeys that can't think for themselves and are only meant to follow someone around like rabbid pit-bulls,
5. The drug addicted, conniving magazine Editor
6. The opportunistic, sleazy Lawyer
Every single one of these individuals was presented with such stunning clarity, that I wondered if the actors were just playing an on-screen version of themselves.
The movie started simple enough, and as it spiraled further down the rabbit hole, I found myself horrified, disgusted, incredulous, and just awe-struck at how one person could make such stunningly bad decisions in her life. Some people are not meant to live in NYC, as these people are simple-minded, easily controlled, and have no opinions of their own to help them understand life in a big city, least of all life in the ghetto. But this film, this horrifying film, works in so many ways as to appear like a documentary on why you should NEVER DO DRUGS. Don't even think about it. Cigarettes, alcohol, weed, "Yeyo", etc. are all indicative of a depraved and diseased society, as evidenced by the events that transpired in this movie. I have never had the desire to do drugs or drink alcohol. I have never thought of smoking a cigarette or even getting drunk to the point of blacking out. It is useless to me. After watching this movie, I am glad I made the right choices in life.
The acting and directorial style are so nuanced, that it was literally like watching the life story of a stupid, stupid girl (who happens to be white) spiral out of control. And it was all due to the influence of the Ghetto. It will chew you up and spit you out, and not think twice about you. The moral of the story for anyone watching this film; you are meant to move as far away from the ghetto as possible, NOT to it. It is a cautionary tale about naiveté, drugs, falling for the wrong guy, and thinking that your diseased Liberal ideals are enough to help you survive in a literal war zone. I thought I had seen some pretty horrifying films this year, but this film made me nauseous, made me laugh in incredulity, and made me happy that I have never allowed the ghetto to influence me in any way. It is a warning, plain and simple, and it was executed almost flawlessly.
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