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A pair of naïve young girls learn that even the most insignificant actions can have lasting consequences in this music-driven take on teen culture starring Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips and directed by two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple. Influenced by the hip-hop thug lifestyle and seeking to explore life outside of their insulated, culturally homogenized suburb, pretty young teenagers Allison (Hathaway) and Emily (Phillips) set their sights on East L.A. to experience the "gangsta" lifestyle firsthand. By the time the pair meet 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.

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Critic Reviews for Havoc

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Audience Reviews for Havoc

  • Feb 06, 2017
    Funny how much more famous the actors playing the background gangsters got than the one playing the leader.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 19, 2010
    See, originally I didnt want to see this, but then I was foolish and changed my mind. I have now wasted an hour and a half of my life. I usually love Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon Levitt, but this movie was crap. Honestly, I cant even decide which I hated more: the acting, or the characters themselves. It was just bad, and the type of movie that I hate watching. Stupid teenagers get into trouble because they think they are the shit then everything gets out of control and it sucks to be them. Blah blah blah. Never watching this again. And Im just going to try and forget that I ever saw Anne Hathaway sink down to this level and try to be something she so clearly isnt/doesnt understand. What did this movie teach me? Teenagers need to smarten-the-fuck-up!
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2010
    A bleak tale of some Valley kids who playact the gangsta lifestyle and get in over their heads when they clash with a genuine East-LA gang. Anne Hathaway is suitably conflicted as Allyson, whose home life consists of a recovering addict mother (Laura San Giacomo) and an absentee father (Michael Biehn), neither of whom seem inclined to give their daughter the love and protection that she needs. Freddy Rodriguez is frighteningly menacing as Hector, the gang's leader. A certain dread pervades throughout the film as one knows this is destined to end badly, and on that score, it does not disappoint. Bad things happen, but in a completely ambiguous fashion that leaves one without any sense of closure. It is frightening simply because the gangsta culture is so sanitized by Hollywood and the music industry, that many do not see the inherent dangers. This film attempts to highlight those dangers, but not as effectively as it might have done had the filmmakers given us a memorable closing scene. This just kind of fizzled out.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    Not as good as the lady at Hollywood Video said it was gonna be.Shows what happens when dumb rich kids try to cross over to the darkside
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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