Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (1993)

Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life) (1993)




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Neighborhood pride runs deep in Echo Park, so when two lifelong friends join the local gang as a matter of course, they're handed down gang names from the previous generation of homegirls. Unfortunately, Sad Girl (Angel Aviles) and Mousie (Seidy Lopez) don't remain friends for long. When Mousie withdraws into herself to cope with the responsibilities of young motherhood after bearing the child of her one true love, Ernesto (Jacob Vargas), Sad Girl and Ernesto turn to each other for comfort. Soon, Sad Girl herself ends up pregnant, and warm sisterhood cools to an icy feud. Ernesto starts dealing drugs to support his two young families -- and to outfit the gussied-up low rider that he hides from both of his unsuspecting girlfriends. The economic and romantic entanglements of these three characters serve as the entry point into this multifaceted exploration of L.A. street life, but Mi Vida Loca rapidly expands in scope to take in other characters, most of them female. Bleach-blond Whisper (Nelida Lopez), for instance, learns the drug-dealing ropes from Ernesto and considers crossing gender lines to open her own operation. The slightly older Giggles (Marlo Marron), however, refuses to fall into old dependencies and habits after being imprisoned for four years for a crime her boyfriend committed. Sad Girl's sister, La Blue Eyes (Magali Alvarado), the only character to choose college over gang life, chances upon a poem written by a prison inmate and becomes hopelessly smitten, abandoning her books for a passionate jailhouse correspondence. The focus of Mi Vida Loca shifts freely between these and several other characters, many of whom take turns providing narration and context. The director's daughter, Tiffany Anders, has a small role in the film alongside many real-life Echo Park denizens; several musicians and film directors also make cameos, among them Spike Jonze, Kurt Voss, Kid Frost, and the members of Los Lobos. Salma Hayek got her SAG card by playing a tiny role.


Angel Aviles
as Sad Girl
Jacob Vargas
as Ernesto
Marlo Marron
as Giggles
as Himself
Christina Solis
as Baby Doll
Panchito Gomez
as Joker Bird
Art Esquer
as Shadow
Nelida Lopez
as Whisper
Magali Alvarado
as La Blue Eyes
Jesse Borrego
as El Duran
Marita De Leon
as River Valley Girl
Julian Reyes
as Big Sleepy
Leigh Hamilton
as Social Worker
Carlos Rivas
as Sad Girl's Dad
Tiffany Anders
as Teenage Drug Customer
Jonathan Chapin
as Policeman
Kurt Voss
as Policeman
Eddie Perez
as Sir Speedy
Marcus De Leon
as Policeman
Abbe Wool
as Warden
Susan Bertram
as Trendy Girl
Marabina Jaimes
as Elva Rivero Player
Guy Boyd
as Priest
Spike Jonze
as Teenage Drug Customer
Kid Frost
as Mousie's Dad
David Hidalgo
as Los Lobo
Sissy Boyd
as Tia Elena
Jason Lee
as Teenage Drug Customer
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Critic Reviews for Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

Anders' subject, Latinas gangs, is significant, but the treatment and execution are flawed.

June 17, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

My main problem is that I found the girls a bore and likewise the pic.

June 18, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Crazy it may be, but interesting? Well...

July 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
Kalamazoo Gazette

Depicts the struggle of some feisty young woman to survive in the Latina Echo Park area of Los Angeles

July 19, 2003 | Full Review…
Spirituality and Practice

Allison is at her best!

August 30, 2002 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)

A great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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they be hard

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danny d

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