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Jumpin at the Boneyard

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Jumpin at the Boneyard

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Alexis Arquette, Tim Roth, Danitra Vance, Samuel L. Jackson
director:
Jeff Stanzler
author:
Jeff Stanzler
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

Two brothers, one whose life is on hold (Tim Roth) and the other who’s a junkie (Alexis Arquette), return to the bombed-out site of their childhood. Director Jeff Stanzler’s screenplay for Jumpin at the Boneyard is so raw it’s close to cinema verite, and the drug drama’s unrelieved grimness makes The Panic in Needle Park look like a picnic. Roth gives a grandiose performance in the finger-jabbing tradition pioneered by Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, while Arquette is his quiet-as-the-grave foil. Parents who think their kids may have a drug problem ought to consider plunking them down in front of this. B-

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