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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
Guide to Recognizing Your Saints: Walter Thompson

A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
104 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/29/06
performer:
Rosario Dawson, Robert Downey Jr., Shia LaBeouf, Chazz Palminteri, Eric Roberts, Channing Tatum, Dianne Wiest
director:
Dito Montiel
distributor:
First Look
author:
Dito Montiel
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

The gods of cool appear to have kissed Dito Montiel’s fingertips. First a street punk, then a downtown N.Y. hipster and musician, then a Sundance cat — now the first-time director has adapted A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, his memoir about growing up in ungentrified 1980s Queens, into something kinda fictional, kinda loose, and made a damn interesting piece. He also got Robert Downey Jr. to star as the grown-up ”Dito Montiel” and the lavishly talented Shia LaBeouf to play young Dito. This gallantly imperfect indie pops with attitude.