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American Me

American Me
American Me
American Me
  • R
  • 2h 5m
  • 1992
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In what The Hollywood Reporter calls "a brilliant debut", award-winning actor Edward James Olmos sets the screen ablaze with his directorial bow - a powerful, stunning examination of a Latino crime lord, set against a backdrop of prejudice and hopelessness. Olmos stars as Santana, a youth from the streets of East Los Angeles who becomes the leader of the Mexican Mafia behind the gates of Folsom Prison. Once out, Santana discovers that the harsh reality of barrio life and his blood-stained past will not give him the chance to turn his back on his former way of life. With a vehement anti-drug and anti-gang theme, American Me is an explosive and unforgettable epic.
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Common Sense Says
Brutal crime drama has rape, drugs, murder, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that American Me is a 1992 saga about a Mexican American youth from the Los Angeles barrio who falls in with the local gangs and becomes a drug kingpin from inside prison. There his brutality and brains combine to make him a player on the outside. Violence is ever-present and graphic. Even among gang members, loyalty is jettisoned in favor of expedience. The movie aims to show how few options are available to kids growing up in poverty and victimized by racism and anti-Mexican bias, but doesn't glamorize the option some choose -- a life of crime. Multiple stabbings, shootings, rapes (male-on-female and male-on-male) and other horrors are showcased and treated as a normal part of the life depicted here. Drug and alcohol abuse is rife among kids and adults. Kids are inducted into gangs and taught to kill at an early age. In addition to violence, drug use, and frequent language, the narrative is bleak and hopeless. Most of this is in English with moments of Spanish, some of it un-subtitled. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "bitch," "d--k," "nut-sack," "damn," and "wop."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:March 13, 1992
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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