Down for Life, directed by Alan Jacobs and starring Jessica Romero and Danny Glover is a drama about a teenager who is a Latina gangster and what her life is like. Down for life tends to have a pretty consistent problem with both the story and the characters itself, which is an overly dramatic and almost fake attitude. The characters as odd as it seems are almost overly cartoonized. The story is about a 15 year old gang leader who also just happens to be the best writer at at her Los Angeles high school. The storyline is almost unbelievable and at points I wished it was based on a true story, which would have made it more believable. Romero, who was discovered in a Los Angeles high school, was very convincing. Other parts of the film really take away from the convincing nature of Romero’s performance, such as some of the other actors who really didn’t belong in a film like this. As it is in real life, the story of a teenagers gang life in Los Angeles is very gripping and sad. The movie does a very good job in that respect of making you really feel for the children caught up in the gang life.