Saturday, June 07, 2008



: R
: 99 minutes
: Michael Corrente (Outside Providence; American Buffalo)
: Terence Winter (Get Rich or Die Tryin’; “The Sopranos”)
: Alec Baldwin, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Scott Caan, Mena Suvari, Jerry Ferrara, Monica Keena, Karla Cavalli, Ursula Abbott, Alexa Havins, Annie Golden

Well, here it is 2007 and there’s a movie that has a cast that includes Freddie Prinze, Jr., Scott Caan, Mena Suvari, and Monica Keena- sure sounds like director Michael Corrente was going for a more of a late ‘90’s/earlier 2000’s feel than 1985 Brooklyn. Yet, for a change the cast actually makes for a watchable movie- which is more than could be said if this same group of actors had got together and made a film together back in 1999. “Brooklyn Rules” is a completely by the books “friends since childhood in Brooklyn, trying to stay out of trouble as they grow older” type of movie- you could basically call it a “mob movie”, I suppose, as Caan’s character grows up to be a low level mafia thug working for mob boss Caesar Manganaro (Alec Baldwin- giving the movie a much needed shot of adrenaline when necessary), but it’s really a male bonding movie about friendship, etc, etc. And yet as clichéd and predictable as the movie is, it actually somewhat works and is curiously, like I stated above, quite watchable- despite another wooden Prinze lead (what’s with the butchered Brooklyn accent? Did he think he was in Boston or something?). There’s not much to say about the movie that you probably won’t be able to figure out watching the trailer below, so there’s not much to write about either. All I can really say is I went in with low expectations and found myself entertained. It’s no “Goodfellas”, but it did give me a little bit of faith in a cast that I didn’t have much to begin with (not including Baldwin, of course, who is always brilliant). Now if we could only do something about getting Freddie Prinze to choose a new profession…

Download Soundtrack MP3s:
Dead or Alive- You Spin Me Round Like a Record
Culture Club- Karma Chameleon

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