The harsh realities of life on the street merge with the universal themes of youthful pain and exhilaration in director Dito Montiel's telling tale of one boy's struggle to escape the grim fate that awaits his aimless, trouble-minded peers. For most of Montiel's friends, the only means of escaping their bleak surroundings were drugs, prison, or death. In breaking the cycle and making a name for himself as a filmmaker, Montiel showed that there are ways to overcome the urban malaise that consumed the majority of his friends. He couldn't have done it alone, though, and with this film Montiel pays tribute to those he left behind by bringing their story to the screen so that their struggles may give others in similar situations the courage to pursue a more positive, creative means of overcoming their anger. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Great casting and storyline. Most people who grew in the similiar environment as Dito will definitely relate to this movie. The movie serves as a reminder that no matter how far you are away from "home", you always end up coming back. Even if just for a short visit.
Powerful movie. Downey, LaBeouf, Palminteri, and Tatum turn in a great performance. I can see why this movie was not real popular in "mainstream" theatres....a thought provoking movie that makes you look at your own relationships. Not your typical Hollywood shlock....thank goodness.
this is not your typical superficial feel-good movie where problems are ironed out in the last 5 minutes with a few words and kisses. It is more real than that, and at times very disturbing. To me, it was worth it though because it reached an emotional depth that is unusual in most of these types of coming of age dramas and the strength of the acting was phenomenal.
Dianne Wiest and Chazz Palminteri deliver an amazing performance. The young actors deliver an outstanding performance; you can really feel the energy between them. This is not your typical feel good movie; it deals with a lot of emotional issues. Enjoy and watch with an open mind. Bravo to Robert Downey Jr. helping bring this story to film.
Not my story despite growing up in Queens (40 years earlier!) but what a story it is. Dito is the one who gets away, but his deep confusion and grief is not that he escaped the depicted life in all its terribleness, but that he left. He left every one and every thing. What that means to be the leaver, the abandoner, the escapee. Downey is incredible. Understated, generous to his fellow actors letting their screen time shine as brightly as they could. Cast is flawless. Never expected this to be so moving and so haunting. Absolutely adored it.
Shai Lebeouf (sp?) was good but didn't seem to fit the role he was playing. Robert Downey was good. It was like a waste of film though. Good actors doing nothing worthwhile. I want to say the movie stunk but I think good actors deserve some kind of credit!
Very confusing and worthless movie. It makes you not want to live or visit NY. The language is terrible. It never made sense to the people watching it with us. It never gets better- that's the only reason we finished it- we thought surely it would get better.
This movie is not for someone who needs the fast-paced entertainment of mainstream hyped-up films. It requires you to think, stay the course, and appreciate the writer/director's message. I thought it was an excellent first film for a director, and the acting was well executed.
Any one of the actors in this film would be proud to list it on their resume. Absolutely suberb acting. It is true this movie is a bit slow at first. But, all great movies are carefully crafted to open up layers gradually revealing the truth and the message. I would watch this film again and again. What a wonderful cast!!! The directions is real and masterful. The film is a visual feast even though it is set in a tacky burrow of New York of the 70's. Great selections of background misic clips too.
Dito's own story - Robert Downey Jr does (his real life friend from back then) well in playing Dito. Amazing job. Chazz Palminteri as Ditto's father again was just amazing. Great peformances in a small story with a large message. I hope there is more to come from Dito.