Ty Burr
February 11, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Amongst Friends

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Joseph Lindsey, Patrick McGaw, Steve Parlavecchio, David Stepkin, Mira Sorvino
director
Rob Weiss
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama
We gave it a C

Him: ”I get my education right here, on the streets.” Her: ”Oh yeah, right here on the killer streets of Hewlett Harbor.” That exchange sums up what’s right and what’s wrong with Amongst Friends, Rob Weiss’s debut feature about pampered suburban gangsters. While there’s irony aplenty in middle-class kids dying (literally) to prove they’re as tough as the goodfellas, that makes it hard to take them as seriously as they (and their much ballyhooed creator) would like.

Following three childhood pals- turned-drug dealers — ice-cold player Billy (Joseph Lindsey), chattery goofball Andy (Steve Parlavecchio), and angelic scapegoat Trevor (Patrick McGaw) — Friends unfolds with an engagingly absurdist snarl. But Weiss’ view of the world outside Long Island’s Five Towns ultimately feels as stunted as that of his antiheroes. You’ll be glad when the only surviving member of the trio finally gets out of town; maybe Rob Weiss should try it, too. C

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