Laws Of Gravity R

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(13) IMDb 6.9/10

Two petty crooks, Jimmy and Jon, find the opportunity for a big score when Frankie, an old friend and ex-con, arrives in town with a load of illegal handguns for sale.

Starring:
Peter Greene, Adam Trese
Runtime:
1 hour 39 minutes

Laws Of Gravity

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Genres Drama
Director Nick Gomez
Starring Peter Greene, Adam Trese
Supporting actors Adam Trese, Arabella Field, Paul Schulze, Saul Stein, Tony Fernandez, Larry Meistrich, James McCauley, Rick Groel, Anibal O. Lleras, John Gallagher, David Troup, Miguel Sierra, David Tuttle, Hannah Sullivan, Eli Kabillio, Bill Sage, Anthony Ingoglia, Judith Boxley
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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I found it interesting and very very real even though I know it is not for everyone.
Linda Linguvic
The perspective of each individual character is so raw and believable, that it feels like you could have known these characters in your own life.
"hachimenreirou"
This movie meant a lot to me because as a young person growing up in New Orleans, I led a very similar existance.
Marjorie Dalton

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "hachimenreirou" on January 23, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is a very realistic film about life in the city. It deals with characters whose way of life has been and continues to be, about crime. Peter Greene plays the lead and as always gives a superb performance.(He has also been in The Usual Suspects, The Mask, and Clean Shaven)
It's very surprising this didn't launch Director Nick Gomez's career into the fast lane. The perspective of each individual character is so raw and believable, that it feels like you could have known these characters in your own life. It is easy to empathize with the characters and get wrapped up in the film due to the ingenious/realistic dialogue. Kudos! to all the actors in the film and the Director. This is a real work of art, seeing as how "art imitates life".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Dalton on December 1, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This little known, understated movie is one of the most hauntingly realistic portrayals of the life of crime ever made.
The acting is superb. Many people will recognize Edie Falco of recent Sopranos fame, (and you will also see some other faces which have appeared in many HBO features such as Oz)
The movie portrays a group of disenfranchised young people existing largely by their wits as subsistance criminals, attempting unsuccesfully to cope with their own shortcomings and with the hostile world around them. Another reviewer compared this to Mean Streets, and it is similar, but not in my opinion derivitive. Like Mean Streets this movie was created by someone who knows the lifestyle because they lived it. Unlike larger budget gangster movies Mean Streets was in fact ahead of it's time for it's unflinching realism and ability to find the drama and pathos in lives of the less spectacular "gangsters" out there. Laws of gravity also does a good job of this, in a more low budget camera style which is somewhat reminiscent of more recent works like the psudo documentary "Kids". But unlike Kids, you will not only recognize these people, you will feel for them, because while being realistic and realistically flawed personalities, they are trying to do what they think is right.
This movie meant a lot to me because as a young person growing up in New Orleans, I led a very similar existance. In fact this affected me much as the original "Suburbia" (about the lives of young punk rockers) did. You want to know what the criminal underworld is REALLY like without all the glamour and phony hollywood hype? As someone who has been there, I can tell you, this quiet little movie is spot on.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2003
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I first saw this movie 8 years ago on the recommendation of a friend. From the opening scene to the gripping, climactic finale, my adrenaline was pumping. As other reviews have mentioned, the power of this movie comes from its characters. They are raw, emotionally driven individuals who don't filter their language or behaviors by laws or morals...they simply live the only way they know how to live - on a day to day basis just trying to get by....as Frankie says, "No one plans on going to jail. It just sort of happens. I do things and sometimes I get in trouble for it".
I"ve always been intrigued by the title of the movie, as I think there could be several interpretations. The most obvious being that the lifestyle these people choose to (or arguably are forced to) live can only bring them in one direction....down. Yet, I found myself not only empathizing with but cheering for each of the characters at various stages of the film. You're just not sure at any point in the movie whether you like a particular character or not....but on some level, you can probably relate to them. I agree with one of the previous reviewers that the only movie I have seen that can even hold a candle to LOG in terms of its raw, realistic portrayal of life on the inner city streets is Kids.
Laws of Gravity is an outstanding depiction of inner city life and the mentality of those who have no means of leaving this lifestyle.
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I was interested in this low-budget 1992 film because it starred Edie Falco of "The Sopranos" before she got famous, and because the setting was an Italian American neighborhood in Brooklyn. The characters are all "wanna be" gangsters who think they are tough guys. There are two couples in the story and Edie Falco is a hard-working young married woman who argues a lot with her husband even though you can tell that the two of them are in love. They are friends with another couple who fight and break up all the time. The boyfriend is physically abusive and and Edie Falco does a lot of consoling her friend. All of them hang out in bars and the men are involved in petty crime, including a lot of shoplifting. Into this mix comes another friend who is on parole from jail. He is definitely a bad guy and is trying to sell guns, much to Edie Falco's displeasure. Everyone talks and argues all the time. It was a bunch of losers living on the edge and playing with fire. Naturally, one of them gets shot.

I know this wasn't a great film. In fact it probably wouldn't even get on the playing field for any kind of award. But it moved fast, the characters were interesting and quirky, and I really got into the grittiness of it all. I liked their youth and vim and vinegar even though it was obvious that they were all losers. And, unlike "The Sopranos", nobody ever makes any real money and they are always poor.

Frankly, I loved this film and give it a high rating. I found it interesting and very very real even though I know it is not for everyone.
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