I don't know anything about Washington Heights or whether this is an accurate portrayal of the culture there. What I do know is that this movie keeps you on the edge of your seat. Tells a great story in 1:30 when many of today's movies stretch to two hours or more to reach for epic status.
As portrayed by the drug dealing characters in the film, Illegal drugs have dominated the Heights since the 70s, which till this day continues to provoke the kind of violence depicted by "Trujillo" and his crew who show no mercy if you wrongfully cross their path. Unfortunately, for the protagonist "Diego," played by Rayniel Rufino, a struggling chef portraying those living in the Heights who try to do the right thing -- that path was crossed.
With a well selected cast of up and coming actors, Trouble in the Heights is a realistic venture traveling you through crime, drama, family values and of course -- the neighborhood. I don't give it 2 thumbs up, I give it a high five. -dc