|Director/Writer:|| Miguel Arteta|
|Director of Photography:||Chuy Chávez|
|Editors:||Jeff Betancourt, Tom McArdle and Tony Selzer|
|Production Designer:||Carol Strober|
|Fox Searchlight; R; 95 minutes|
|Cast:||Douglas Spain, Efrain Figueroa, Kandeyce Jorden, Annette Murphy, Martha Velez and Lysa Flores|
A fine first feature that boasts sharp storytelling. Carlos (Spain) returns to LA from Mexico to chase his dream of becoming a movie star and work in the family business of selling maps to movie stars' homes — well, that's the front anyway. The real money comes from selling teenage boys to passersby. Carlos finds his family on the brink of destruction, with a sociopath pimp father (Figueroa) and an unstable mother who talks to a dead Mexican actor. Carlos is willing to do anything to become a star and agrees to sleep with an obnoxious soap star (Jorden) when she promises him a role in her show. Though the role turns out to be tiny, it's enough to keep his dreams alive and his mind away from his trouble at home.
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