Set in a Mexican-American suburb of LA, this 2002 drama about three Mexican-American buddies who grow up to follow divergent paths could easily be rewritten for any ethnic setting. Pete (JoJo Henrickson) is a budding newspaperman; his brother Simon (Douglas Spain) wants to be a cop; their friend Omar (Manolo Travieso) is a loan shark. When Simon and Omar fall out, everyone around them gets caught up in a spiral of violence. This is as hackneyed as it sounds, but writer-editor-director Joe Menendez manages to inject some energy into the proceedings and Henrickson gives a likable performance as the cuddly older brother. 90 min.