They have a minor encounter with a Mexican gang in East L. The problem with Havoc, however, is that the bulk of the running time is given to this irksome, frustrating and ridiculous group of characters. That's not exactly a recipe for falling in love with a film. At one point things become more complicated, as the audience surely expects. They seem incredibly fake, stupid and ridiculous. Likewise, one rich kid character who is making an amateur documentary on the rich kid "gang" comes across as more authentic and interesting, but he ends up having an inexcusably minor role. She keeps returning to visit one of the leaders, Hector Freddy Rodriguez. I'm more in the middle. Approach this one with a lot of caution, but it's easy to see how it could be a gem for some. So the main characters should be annoying, and Allison, and later her friend Emily Bijou Phillips , should be frustrating in their lack of direction and independent identity. The annoying aspect of the film is the rich kid gangsta posers. Los Angeles certainly has a reputation, somewhat deserved, for plasticity, so I suppose that Los Angeles high schools would be even worse, because a large percentage of high school students everywhere tend to conform to some clique or another as do many adults, for that matter, but the "join a club to fit in and be accepted" mentality is usually more transparent and focused in high school. At times I found Havoc annoying, but as it progressed, the story became more engaging, and you're supposed to find aspects of it annoying. But on the other hand, that's pretty much the point. Was this review helpful to you? Still, if you can bear the inundation of poser behavior and lingo, there is an interesting story somewhat buried here, plus some attractive cinematography, a good soundtrack both the songs and the more traditional score , and I'm certainly not complaining about seeing, um, more of Anne Hathaway.