Adios East Los | Chicago Reader

Adios East Los

Three high school dropouts from the Los Angeles barrio, eager to escape their humdrum lives, steal a luxury boat and sail to Catalina Island in this 1999 video by William Douglas Lansford. Their long idyll (they plan to head onward to Tahiti and plant watermelons) is pleasant enough, but their modest misfortunes (unemployment, menial work) fail to make their escape fantasies compelling or elicit sympathy for their crime. Lansford's direction is academic and uninspired, and the kids' wooden attempts at street talk yield to predictable “us against the world” sentiments. 96 min.

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