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Film / Havoc (2005)

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Contains Anne Hathaway's first sex scene.

Havoc is a 2005 crime drama film directed by Barbara Copple, starring Anne Hathaway, Bijou Phillips, Shiri Appleby, Michael Biehn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Freddy Rodriguez, and Mike Vogel.

Eric (Matt O'Leary) is making a documentary about his classmates, rich, bored Los Angeles teens who emulate hip-hop gangster culture. One night, Allison (Anne Hathaway) and her friends drive downtown to buy drugs, during which Hector (Freddy Rodriguez) humiliates Allison's boyfriend Toby (Mike Vogel). Nonetheless, Allison is intrigued by Hector and his lifestyle, and brings her best friend Emily (Bijou Phillips) along for the ride. The two quickly find themselves out of their depth amidst a world in which drugs, crime, and violence are an everyday occurrence.

Notable as the first "adult" role for Anne Hathaway, best known at that time for The Princess Diaries and Ella Enchanted.

The movie provides examples of the following:

  • Adults Are Useless: All of the parental figures are generally useless. They are either absent or take their childrens' lies about what they've been up to at face value so they don't have to get involved.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Allison is attracted to the tough Hector.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Allison fantasizes about joining a gang to liven up her boring, privileged life but quickly finds herself out her depth.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The film ends with Toby and his friends coming up to an intersection at the same time as Hector and his crew, with both crews recognizing each other. The film then cuts to black and we only hear the groups challenging each other, and a gunshot. It ends with footage seen earlier in the film, where Allison claims her group's interest in gangsta culture is simply because they're bored teenagers.
  • Darker and Edgier: This is Anne Hathaway's first R-rated film and her first role with mature, dark themes.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Allison attempts to throw off Toby's attempts to seriously interview her by offering to have sex with him and even taking off her top and acting horny. Toby asks her to put her clothes back on and tells her that she is one of the loneliest people he's ever known.
  • Freudian Excuse: During her interview with Toby, Allison mocks this for being the reason why she is so fascinated with gang culture—she has an emotionally neglectful father, her mother is an alcoholic in recovery, neither of them spend much time with her—but he points out there seems to be some truth in it.
  • Gangbangers: Hector and his friends are a real gang that sells drugs and engages in criminal activity, a contrast to Allison and her friends whose "gang" consists of dressing up in hip-hop streetwear and getting into petty fights with other rich teens.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The film has Anne Hathaway's first nude scene.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Allison shows her bare breasts in several scenes. Emily also has a couple of topless scenes.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Toby and his friends violently storm the motel where Hector's crew hangs out but only find a poor, frightened family. Toby attempts to work up the courage to shoot one of them but stops when he realizes the woman is begging him not to hurt her baby. On the car ride home, all of them are extremely quiet and look ashamed of their actions.
  • N-Word Privileges: Allison and her white friends use "nigga" in their speech and when they sing along to rap songs but they aren't called out on it because the only other people around them are also white. However, at Hector's party, when Emily tries to call one of Hector's friends "ese" she is quickly told not to use that word and the other partygoers give her dirty looks.
  • Oh, Crap!: Allison panics when Emily attempts to press charges against Hector and his gang because she knows Hector's gang will attempt to silence her. She gets another "oh crap" moment when Eric shows her the footage of Toby and his friends hyping themselves to go after Hector's gang.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Allison and her friends act like gangsters but it's clear they are play-acting. Hector calls her out on this.
    Hector: "You ain't real. I'm real, right? There's nothing real about you. Your talk ain't real, your walk ain't real. The way you dress ain't real. Don't even copy from the real thing. You fucking get it from the TV."
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Emily agrees to have sex with Hector's gang in exchange for becoming a member of the crew. While she is having consensual sex with Hector, Hector motions for his friends to anally rape her. In the aftermath, Emily is shaken and traumatized.
  • Self-Harm: Emily attempts to commit suicide in her bathroom in a variety of ways while Allison talks to her. Also doubles as a Black Comedy moment with Allison pointing out why each of Emily's attempts won't work (she can't handle the pain of slitting her wrists, there aren't enough pills in the bathroom for an overdose, etc.).
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Hector uses a lot of profanity in his speech.