Story of a counselor and the troubled inner-city teenager she is trying to help, both of whom are at turning points in their lives. Taking place on a single pivotal day, the film challenges commonly accepted beliefs about humanity and selflessness.
I'm not sure what I was supposed to be left with after viewing "Angel Rodriguez," a slight and well meaning drama that had its premiere on HBO. Restrained and dignified performances by Jonan Everett and Rachel Griffiths are definitely worth watching. The slice-of-life approach is interesting. We seem to be getting just enough information to want to follow these characters, but ultimately not enough to understand them. And however much I wanted to recommend and like "Angel Rodriguez," I'm afraid it really just left me feeling a bit empty.
Angel, played by Everett, is a high school senior. He has been thrown out of his house by his father and is now trying to make his way on the streets. Angel, as presented, is an intelligent kid with loads of potential. He has quite a few friends, computer savvy, decent grades, and a well spoken and polite manner. It's a thoughtful portrait of a relatively normal kid. Apparently he doesn't get along with his father's girlfriend which is the crux of the problem at home. But, the backstory is never really developed. His father is also upset that Angel can't hold down a job and is a liar, but we never learn any details of this and it doesn't seem to gibe with the Angel we see.
Rachel Griffiths is a high school counselor who opens her home to Angel. Not only does she bring Angel home, she leaves him there unattended and gives him a key. This is such an altruistic, and questionable, decision for a counselor (whose husband doesn't object)--you know she and Angel must have a special bond. Maybe, but it's never seen in the film either. We are never let in to what draws this woman to Angel, their relationship is never seen as anything other than polite and professional.Read more ›
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