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1.0 out of 5 stars Just another movie trashing the image of mexican-americans., October 25, 2006
This review is from: American Me (DVD)
I saw this movie years ago only because my girlfriend at the time forced me to sit down and watch it along with her parents. All I could say is that I pray I never have to sit through this wannabee classic again. At a time in our lives when mexican-americans are struggling to earn respect in this great nation,Edward James Olmos decides to come out with a movie that lets moviegoers of all races and colors see what mexican americans are supposedly like in everyday life. Let's see now....prison sex,babies drinking beer,teenage drive-by shooters,early-aged heroin users,brown on black killings,and so on!!!! Mr Olmos claimed he was only sending a message when making this film. Sadly,he just never said it wouldn't be positive. Let us not forget that several consultants to the film were murdered during its opening weeks by individuals who may have been offended by this movie. Mr Olmos himself was the target of threats as well. ADIOS AMIGOS!!!
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Initial post: Feb 17, 2007 3:19:15 PM PST
D. Quiroz says:
Though this might be HIS opinion of the movie, the fact remains that many Chicano's are caught in this revolving door of life. Life is hard for many Chicano's and Mexicanos in the urban settings of life in America. Racism, closed doors, abandonment by parents, peer pressure, lack of education, leads many to drug addictions, school dropouts, violence, drug dealing and ultimately time in jail. There, survival instincts take priority in order to survive alive or become some others "girl". I believe that Edward James Olmos took a stand in showing the realities to what happens after a Chicano/Mexicano spirals down into the what the judcial system has to offer to them if they continue thier journey into forbidden territory. The documentary, "Lives in Hazard" that was produced during the filming has been used by me to reach to adolescents in a large urban area (Detroit) in order that they may see what can happen and the consequences of their actions.

Posted on Feb 17, 2007 3:34:16 PM PST
D. Quiroz says:
Though this might be HIS opinion of the movie, the fact remains that many Chicano's are caught in this revolving door of life. Life is hard for many Chicano's and Mexicanos in the urban settings of life in America. Racism, closed doors, abandonment by parents, peer pressure, lack of education, leads many to drug addictions, school dropouts, violence, drug dealing and ultimately time in jail. There, survival instincts take priority in order to survive alive or become some others "girl". I believe that Edward James Olmos took a stand in showing the realities to what happens after a Chicano/Mexicano spirals down into the what the judcial system has to offer to them if they continue thier journey into forbidden territory. The documentary, "Lives in Hazard" that was produced during the filming has been used by me to reach to adolescents in a large urban area (Detroit) in order that they may see what can happen and the consequences of their actions.

Posted on Feb 17, 2007 3:34:50 PM PST
D. Quiroz says:
Though this might be HIS opinion of the movie, the fact remains that many Chicano's are caught in this revolving door of life. Life is hard for many Chicano's and Mexicanos in the urban settings of life in America. Racism, closed doors, abandonment by parents, peer pressure, lack of education, leads many to drug addictions, school dropouts, violence, drug dealing and ultimately time in jail. There, survival instincts take priority in order to survive alive or become some others "girl". I believe that Edward James Olmos took a stand in showing the realities to what happens after a Chicano/Mexicano spirals down into the what the judcial system has to offer to them if they continue thier journey into forbidden territory. The documentary, "Lives in Hazard" that was produced during the filming has been used by me to reach to adolescents in a large urban area (Detroit) in order that they may see what can happen and the consequences of their actions.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 6:29:26 PM PDT
Sammymorales says:
it was a great movie i loved it some people are just moron .and the dont have nothing good to say

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 11:24:06 PM PDT
IKNOK says:
That is L.A. lifestyle for these Mexican barrios especially at that time. That's just how it was and doesn't stray from the reality even in the tragic events of the killings. You just have to understand that after the Zoot suit riots and the gang culture in Los Angeles it was really messed up yet criminally organized, it's not the best looking depiction of a Latino culture but it's history.
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