The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.
Robert Downey Jr.,
Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets of New York City. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager Harvey Boarden. Shawn soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival.Written by
In this film, Channing Tatum's character states he is from Birmingham, Alabama, and Terrence Howard's character states he is from Chicago, Illinois. In real life, Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama, and Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois. See more »
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We're gonna sit down, people, and these two gentlemen are gonna go toe-to-toe, blow-for-blow. Whatever goes on up here - whatever. Whatever you do to each other - whatever. Whatever you say to each other - whatever. In the words of the late, great, American poet, Mr. Marvin Gaye, "Lets!... Get!... It!... On!"
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It was well made, but clearly not worth seeing in theaters. All in all, besides a number of movies that this resembles (as you can read in the other IMDb comments), it was truly a poor case of storytelling. The dialog was very close to being on the nose allowing for the most predictable storyline and course of events. Best parts were the fighting which was filmed "O.K." and the women, a.k.a. "sex." New York felt very real throughout this movie, but with the American Gangster soundtrack being used repetitively it quickly lost it's realism. Acting was cool, but then again the characters were unbelievable and boring.
I say 4 out of 10. It could have been filmed like clover-field and still received the same rating. If the story would have been more original, then I would have said higher rating.
Oh and the "Antagonist" throughout this storyline made me laugh. My 5 year old nephew could take him down let alone our main character.
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