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Straight Out of Brooklyn

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Straight Out of Brooklyn

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
91 minutes
performer:
Lawrence Clifford Jr., Matty Rich
director:
Matty Rich
distributor:
Samuel Goldwyn Home Video
author:
72588
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B

Straight Out of Brooklyn may have been the most talked-about and least-seen movie released this past summer. Talked about because it was written, produced, and directed by Matty Rich, a 19-year-old from the projects of the Red Hook section of Brooklyn. Unseen partly because it’s such a bummer, an unflinching tragedy about a smart, frustrated teenager (Lawrence Clifford Jr.) who’ll do anything to get out of those same projects — up to and including crime. Similar downbeat qualities didn’t stop Boyz N the Hood, the West Coast equivalent of Brooklyn, from becoming a hit, but that film had a rap star in the cast, a major studio behind it, and a natural-born director in John Singleton. So far, unfortunately, Rich doesn’t show Singleton’s way with a camera or ear for dialogue: His art consists of artlessly filming his characters making their speeches. Still, raw anger and ambition count for a lot, and what Rich lacks in style he almost recoups in brute force. Straight Out of Brooklyn is unquestionably straight from the heart, and its urgency is enough to make a little thing like subtlety seem quite beside the point. B

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