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on December 17, 2011
Before I purchased this movie, I used to rent it at my local library on a bi-weekly basis until someone stole it(I guess someone liked it more than me). This movie shows what a person can do when they possess determination, courage, and street smarts. This is the story of Alejandro,(Ally) and his sister Isamar. They are two displaced kids who live in a garage in Queens, NY. The film does not explain where their parents are, the only thing we get to know about them is that the sister Isamar has been staying in "safe homes, has learned to cook good meals,and has finished 10th grade. The only thing we find out about Ally's past is that he didn't go to school.
The plot of the movie centers around Ally and Isamar's desire to own and operate a liunch truck. Ally is the more serious of the two even though he is younger than Isamar ,who we find out is prostituting herself inside the trucks parked around the area(think lot lizard). Ally looks the other way as his sister prostitutes, and is trying hard to change their lives. Ally and his sister are very close, but Isamar wants to do things most teens do like hang out with her friend Lila and go on dates. Ally is more enterprising than most adults, he and his friend Carlos sell candy to people on the subway, and bootleg dvd's to the men that work in the garage.
This is a great movie and I would recommend it, because it shows what you can do if you are determined, even if it doesn't always turn out as planned
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on September 8, 2009
This is one of those films every young "child, teenager and young adult male" should definitely watch, it is inspiring in my opinion to every mother who has a young son. This is definitely one of those "must see" films to watch over and over again. My heart was so compelled I wanted to adult the lead character...he's absolutely adorable and the quality of acting/naturalness goes well beyond his years or any traing from your big budget school's of acting and such. Great storyling, writing and video from start to finish. Loved it loved it.
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on August 24, 2016
Very interesting
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on January 31, 2009
Director, Auteur, Ramin Bahrani in Italian Neo Realism fashion carries his street vendor/ canteen truck motif from Man Push Cart along with his take on the lower class struggling for the "American Dream" on the streets which prove to be every bit as competitive as the board room without the luxuries.
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on August 21, 2015
very cool indie movie with rough surroundings in queens. hope to see more from alejandro.
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on December 7, 2010
Chop Shop was a great film and I thought it was great how is show the love that a younger brother has for his older sister. And the struggle to get ahead, only be set back by deceit and lack of education. But to still have the courage to move forward with their dreams, I think this film is great a most see.
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on March 29, 2013
This is a good movie. Its sad in the fact that they are two kids fending for themselves and being taken advantage of by adults but its a good film. I recommend it!
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on October 21, 2016
prompt service..excellent
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on May 4, 2016
Kinda really weird and boring.
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on July 20, 2008
Ale (ah lee) is an immigrant kid living and working in a chop shop. Has a dream to start his own business with his sister. I felt the movie had enough substance to warrant 3 stars, but just barely.
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