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A pair of na´ve 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You'd at least expect a decent exploitation movie from this material."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Director Barbara Kopple strays into territory occupied by James Toback and Catherine Hardwicke."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Combines documentary realism and an exploration of modern teen behavior within an intensely erotic drama of racial tension."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Aside from the already-famous naked bits, there's just nothing here you haven't seen before. And smarter."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"This story of rich teens way out of their depth is chilling and nicely played. But it feels like a cautionary after-school movie spiced up with sex and violence."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Despite the high-powered credits... this slight cautionary tale about slumming rich kids is a minor effort."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It shows that a movie can premiere on DVD and just tell a quality story, not some knock off action vehicle for a star past his prime."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"Like Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen, only with money, this is an engaging and frequently tense teen drama with a full-on performance from Anne Hathaway."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Yo! Dawg! This is a youth drama about bored white rich kids in L.A. acting black."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Something tells me Hathaway won't be making The Princess Diaries 3."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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