HOMEBOY: Nothing stops a bullet like a job
Gabriel is a former gang member with two strikes. A third strike will put him in jail for life. Through Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, he and other at-risk youth have found jobs and support as they build a new life for themselves and their families.
Boston entrepreneur Jim McSherry has tackled a new project in his debut film, Homeboy. It chronicles three former East LA gang members whose lives have always been entrenched in that culture-as they share their dignity in the struggle to leave their violent lives behind through the triumph of the human spirit. The film is a blunt look at the reality of the gang lifestyle, without the usual Hollywood burnish and bluster. The sole purpose of Homeboy is to provide the viewer with a unique "moment in time" opportunity. Through visuals, music and dialogue, the film not only provides insight into a growing problem across the United States, as well as the world, but the opportunity to understand. McSherry hopes viewers who understand can then help change.
Two versions on one DVD: in English and with Spanish subtitles.
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The plot involves a white rap artist named MC Square who had a huge hit with his debut album 3 years earlier. Unfortunately, he has been unable to match that success and his career is in jeopardy, particularly after a TV interview makes him come off as a racist.
Enter the sink repairman, who happens to be a former rapper(and one of Square's biggest influences) Hoolie Hooligan. Square sees the opportunity to kickstart his career by luring Hoolie out of retirement and recording with him. Too bad for Square, Hoolie turns out to be incredibly difficult to work with.
"The Homeboy" gets off to a slow start, but once it gets rolling it's laugh out loud funny. The only thing that's going to prevent "The Homeboy" from being a top notch comedy is that the laughs are too uneven. When its funny, it's hilarious. But when it focuses too much on the plot, the pace drags and the laughs slow down big time.
I'd recommend this film to people who like unconventional comedies and don't mind a low budget(in the commentary, I think the director said this cost only about $55,000 to make). While not consistant with its laughs, "The Homeboy" has enough moments of comic brilliance to satisfy even the most jaded of film cultists.