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The film revolves around two brothers growing up in 1970s Brooklyn. One's a small-time thief while the other is an aspiring artist just trying to spread his wings and fly out of the city for good. Along the way - romance, violence, temptation, and tragedy strike up until the superb and much-talked-about final scene.
Pour yourself a pint of Guinness and enjoy. This very well made and well acted NY drama will hit very close to home for New Yorkers and Irish viewers especially. Slainte!
Avatar's Stephen Lang leads a cast of amazing actors who wonderfully create joy, laughter, suspense and even tears. Some of this is attributed to John Gray, as his talent can be seen in CBS's Ghost Whisperer with Jennifer Love Hewitt.
This is a riveting film and definitely one of my top tens. I agree wholeheartedly with the guy who said it is made stronger by the ending.
I didn't grow up in 1970's Brooklyn but I relate to this film just because some of the settings take you back to a different time and give you a feeling of nostalgia that we can all appreciate. For instance, the notion of it being ridiculous to want to work with computers.
Our witty, quippy and sharp-tongued, yet plausibly average star navigates a palpable mid-70's Brooklyn. From an under-privileged neighborhood, Brian's social group fails to understand that college could be anything but an excuse not to get a job. Brian is torn between art and the criminal proclivities of his manipulative and abused older brother, Danny. He may be from a rough neighborhood, but he's a sweet, boyish twenty-or-so with an aw-shucks smile and Elijah Wood's innocence. Hearing the newfound insights of a friend, Brian begins to dream that college could be his way out of this world which he undeniably uses to temper his self-worth.
Stephen Lang (Avatar, TV's Terra Nova) performs excellently as the callous, abusive father. Karen Allen brilliantly plays his overworked wife whose Herculean efforts fail to hold the family together as she casts a blind eye to her husband's actions. Most interactions with the parents are difficult, but there are some soothingly endearing moments like recurring teasing about mom's cooking and nearly forgotten memories of how dad was before he got like this.
Drawing our attention is Brian's artwork. The director carefully utilized this pathway to steer the plot, educe mood and engage undertones about Brian's fragile relationships with the small world he knew, his crumbling family, and his own self doubt.
Of special note, Karen Allen, as Brian's mother, was hauntingly beautiful. At times you pity her, at times you question her, and at times you applaud her strength. She delivered an amazing performance.
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Excellent actors telling a good story involving a family with its domestic dynamics. Would not hesitate to repeat the viewing experience.Published 2 months ago by Donald Swingle
This is one of those movies that I loved the first time I watched it and then grew to appreciate even more every time I have watched it again. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Julie Sparks
This movie was slow moving for me but picked up by the end. If it wasn't for the ending, I would have rated it lower. I'd say it's worth a watch.Published 15 months ago by Jeff M
At the outset of this film I was eager to see how it would play out and perhaps reflect the ethos of mid-1970s Brooklyn Irish-American culture, at least among an element of the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by AG
Great movie!!! Made me laugh & cry... Great plot & awesome music !! Loved it!!Published 16 months ago by Diane Maurer