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Brooklyn Rules

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 2007
  • Michael Corrente
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

Coming-of-age drama starring Freddie Prinze Jr, Scott Caan and Alec Baldwin. Three Italian-Americans who grew up together in New York have their friendship tested by the Mob.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

The mean streets of 1980s New York are paved with clichés in this dull and flimsy coming-of-age-meets-gangster drama. Scripted by regular Sopranos screenwriter Terence Winter, it sees a miscast Freddie Prinze Jr and his two 20-something buddies trying to make their way in a Mob-controlled Brooklyn neighbourhood. One-note performances and stale, pop culture-littered dialogue do little to convince viewers of this trio's lifelong bonds, while the plodding storyline and uninspired direction merely touch upon their alleged struggles. Instead, the GoodFellas-style voiceover of Prinze Jr and an intrusive period soundtrack are overused for atmosphere and gap filling, though even these lazy elements can't invigorate the predictable events. Only Alec Baldwin as a charismatic local mafioso has any oomph, but he's sadly seen on screen too little.

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Credits

Cast

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Michael TurnerFreddie Prinze Jr
Carmine MancusoScott Caan
Bobby CanzoneriJerry Ferrara
Caesar ManganaroAlec Baldwin
EllenMena Suvari
AmyMonica Keena

Crew

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DirectorMichael Corrente

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, sex scenes.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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