Mi Vida Loca

Mi Vida Loca

Director: Allison Anders Cast: Angel Aviles, Seidy Lopez, Jacob Vargas


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/16/1999
UPC: 0026359118838
Original Release: 1993
Rating: R
Source: Hbo Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angel Aviles Sad Girl
Seidy Lopez Mousie
Jacob Vargas Ernesto
Jesse Borrego El Duran
Magali Alvarado La Blue Eyes
Julian Reyes Big Sleepy
Bertila Damas Rachel
Salma Hayek Gata
Panchito Gomez Joker Bird
Ricardo Salinas Efren
Gabriel Gonzalez Sleepy
Danny Trejo Frank
Noah Verduzco Chuco
Maurice Benard Creeper
Leigh Hamilton Social Worker
Carlos Rivas Sad Girl's Dad
Guy Boyd Priest
Sissy Boyd Tia Elena
Tiffany Anders Teenage Drug Customer
Jonathan Chapin Policeman
Kurt Voss Policeman
Marcus de Leon Policeman
Abbe Wool Warden
Nicole Holofcener Warden
Susan Bertram Trendy Girl
Marabina Jaimes Elva Rivero Player
Jason Lee Teenage Drug Customer
Christina Solis Baby Doll
Spike Jonze Teenage Drug Customer
David Hidalgo Los Lobo
Marlo Marron Giggles
Nelida Lopez Whisper

Technical Credits
Allison Anders Director,Screenwriter
Susan Bertram Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin Callender Executive Producer
Matthew J. Clark Asst. Director
Carl Colpaert Producer
William Ewart Co-producer
Rodrigo García Cinematographer
Tracy S. Granger Editor
Daniel Hassid Producer
Christoph Henkel Executive Producer
Kathryn Himoff Editor
John Taylor Score Composer

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Mi Vida Loca 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i Recommend this movie to whoever is in gang movies..such a great movie ..Shows the life on how we chicana's must survive in rough citys
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mi vida loca is the best female gang movie ever it is so real even some of tha actors were real gang members so if you ave not seen this movie you need to
Guest More than 1 year ago
Portrays realistic events of downtown LA life. This one is one of my favorite movies. It also shows the negative effects of streetlife.