Liberty Heights VHS
Barry Levinson returns to his Baltimore roots for a fourth time with this sensitive coming-of-age saga set in the mid-1950s. The focus is on Jewish brothers Ben (Ben Foster), who's smitten with a black girl at his high school, and Van (Adrien Brody), who has grown attached to a gorgeous WASP he met at a party. Joe Mantegna and Bebe Neuwirth are their parents; with Orlando Jones, Rebekah Johnson.
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These days, when all manner of racism and the insanity of ethnic hatred are raising their ugly head again all over the world, watching this beautiful movie is as powerful, painful, and good for emotional health as it ever gets.
My friends were only going to stay for 10 minutes when I started the movie, and we ended up watching half of the movie together. Definitely recommend.
I truly enjoyed this coming of age movie based in Baltimore. I grew up in the Bronx and the similarities of what was going on at that time in our history is so exact. I related to the characters and to their expereinces growing up during a time when you didn't cross the invisible borders that separated neighborhoods by race/economics. Young people today live in a totally different world. I recommend checking this one out.
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