Small Time [Blu-ray]
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Inspired by a true story, Small Time is written and directed by 24 co-creator Joel Surnow and co-stars Kevin Nealon (Weeds, SNL), Xander Berkeley (Taken), and Garcelle Beauvais (Flight).
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The story follows Al Klein (Christopher Meloni) and Ash Martini (Dean Norris), two longtime friends who own a used car lot. When Al's son Freddy (Devon Bostick) graduates from high school and decides to put college on hold for a summer selling cars with his old man, against the better wishes of his mother (Bridget Moynahan), Al has to make some tough choices to shape both Freddy's future and his own.
One of the film's strongest points are its characters and their relationships. For a movie that's less than 95 minutes long, it does an impeccable job of establishing histories and catching you up on the moment. The chemistry between Christopher Meloni and Dean Norris, Meloni and Bostick, Meloni and Moynahan- are all first rate and immediately believable. Credit belongs to the script (penned by Joel Surnow with semi-autobiographical experience) and to the actors who sell it. These are a cast of characters who are difficult to leave behind once the credits roll.
Another thing "Small Time" gets right is the business.Read more ›
Small Time is lovely and laughable time well spent.
The movie sort of makes being a car salesman seem like a bum job which is completely untrue. I'd never be able to be a car salesman. Not in a million years. You have to be approachable, talkative, use creative wording in order to get people to buy your vehicles, make friendly conversation, understand the vehicle you're selling, etc (though surprisingly Devon doesn't seem to know much about vehicles and still makes it work). All characteristics I completely lack. Christopher Meloni even mentions during a conversation with Devon how simple it is to be a car salesman, even though initially Devon disagrees and think it's a difficult job... until he gets good at it.
And that's the basis of the story- Devon gets good at being a car salesman, and eventually turns arrogant, controlling, critical and belittles his fellow employees and treats people like dirt. This is a family type movie, in this case showing a son the proper way to run a business. "You shouldn't treat people that way".Read more ›
This is a heart warming comedy for a mature family. The humor is not over powering, but it does work. The characters are flawed, but Al accepts this fact in other people more easily than they accept it in him. It has a happy ending and is something that approaches a Lifetime film minus the Puffs.
The film is "R" rated but contained no F-bombs, sex, or nudity. The sex references were sparse, but apparently coarse enough for the rating. I have seen PG-13 films far more crude. Solid 4 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story of a family divided, and the relationship between a father and son in a very important time in a teen's life. Excellent performances around.Published 3 months ago by jeffrey
I thought this movie was pretty entertaining. My husband is a car salesman and I was laughing so hard he was wheezing through most of the movie.Published 6 months ago by Stacey O
Great movie. There are few movies that showcase the car business or car salesman. It's an interesting perspective into that business!Published 6 months ago by JC Ohio
Very enjoyable film, great acting by the two leads (as always), but the part of the son seemed very forced. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Trekkie
great cast.love christopher meloni and the guy from breaking bad.just never went anywhere.too bad.Published 16 months ago by kenneth barlow