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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
Leigh Hamilton
as Social Worker
Julian Reyes
as Big Sleepy
Carlos Rivas
as Sad Girl's Dad
Tiffany Anders
as Teenage Drug Customer
Jonathan Chapin
as Policeman
Eddie Perez
as Sir Speedy
Kurt Voss
as Policeman
Marcus De Leon
as Policeman
Abbe Wool
as Warden
Susan Bertram
as Trendy Girl
Marabina Jaimes
as Elva Rivero Player
Guy Boyd
as Priest
Kid Frost
as Mousie's Dad
Spike Jonze
as Teenage Drug Customer
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 (22) | Top Critics (10)

Directed by Allison Anders ("Gas Food Lodging") . . .the resulting mosaic is nonetheless powerful and sobering.

August 16, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Scarcely represents a convincing, satisfying treatment of the intriguing subject matter.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Anders mixes real gang members with up-and-coming Latin American actresses, but this ploy fails to lend the film authenticity or vitality. The tone seems, to put it kindly, misguidedly romantic.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

While the characters are colorful and vibrant, the film is strangely flat.

August 30, 2004 | Full Review…

[Anders is] Anglo-American, and yet the flavor, the rhythm, the slang and the visual detail that she captures feel authentic -- to this viewer, anyway -- as though she were an insider telling her story from experience.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Though the picture doesn't build from scene to scene, that doesn't matter: Each segment on its own is richly detailed and vivid.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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A great movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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they be hard

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