October 16th, 2005



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Two affluent suburban girls who clash with the Latino gang culture of East LA.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.4/10 (10,047 voted)

Director: Barbara Kopple

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby

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.

Writers: Stephen Gaghan, Jessica Kaplan

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 L. Vasquez - Manuel (as Johnny Vasquez)
Luis Robledo - Ace
Sam Hennings - Mr. Rubin

Taglines: Too much is never enough


Official Website: Media 8 Entertainment |

Release Date: 16 October 2005

Filming Locations: Altadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: AED 62,191 (United Arab Emirates) (7 May 2006) (17 Screens)

Gross: $159,821 (Russia)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (unrated version)

Did You Know?

The original writer, Jessica Kaplan, died at age 24 in a small plane crash over Los Angeles' Fairfax district (6 June 2003), just before filming started. The plane was piloted by her uncle. The film is dedicated to her.

Revealing mistakes: When Allison attempts call Emily the day after the incident, she presses a button to hang up the phone. The phone flashes and beeps twice to denote that, not only was the phone already off, but the phone's base was also disconnected.

Josh Rubin: [about Allison] Wow, I didn't know you had such a hot friend!
Mr. Rubin: Josh, that's enough!
Emily: [silent] I hate you.

User Review

A Social Commentary, If You Look At It

Rating: 8/10

Watching this movie, the first thing that came to mind was, "Wow, these kids sure are fake." In many initial reviews, this movie was derided as being a joke. It was either hearing about the various nude scenes of Anne Hathaway or a bunch of white kids trying to act black, and doing it poorly.

I said that that "fake" was the first thing that came to mind, because we are immediately presented with this group of rich white kids acting like they are black. However, it is being mistaken by some reviewers that these actors are doing a bad job. What we are really seeing is truly how superficial that these kids are. They are fake, in every sense of the word, and that is the whole point of the movie. Don't try and act like something you aren't because there are consequences.

I say this is a social commentary, not perfectly executed, but still fairly well done nonetheless. It does truly present many aspects of youth behavior nowadays that most people don't really look at. We are given a true side to high school, where there are fake people everywhere, underage and illegal activity is happening, and its all going on without parents there to see. This movie takes the comedy out of the teenage life that has been prevalent in movies over the past 8 years or so such as American Pie and other similar styled teen comedies and turns it to a sort of opposite view. Now I am not by any means saying that this movie is a guiding light which everyone should see. In fact, I don't know if this movie is for everyone, because of the issues it presents. Some people, especially parents, would undoubtedly have problems coming to terms that the behavior seen in this movie happens. Now it doesn't happen everywhere, or in every school, but I'm pretty sure that you know what I mean.

I think this movie, is backed up by pretty well performed acting done by the majority of its cast. Anne Hathaway, who many doubted had the range to tackle such a role, seemed very natural in the part. I don't mean that negatively, and I actually give her credit for really becoming the character. The rest of the cast does a good job, but it is her performance that truly helps you understand most of the underlying message of the movie.

I know that some will not see in this movie what I saw, but to each their own. I do hope that people see this movie and don't criticize it solely on what they think is bad acting. It has a much deeper theme than that, and I think that the more people understand that, the more people will realize this is a pretty good movie.


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