Rated NC-17 97 minutes 2001

Fifteen-year-old Howie loses just about everything and everyone in the space of a single week, but ends up finding himself in the process. His mother has just died. His father, a corrupt building contractor, can barely keep tabs on his young girlfriend, let alone his own son. Thusly, the teen must navigate his adolescence virtually unsupervised. Floating towards an ill-behaved existence, Howie and his crowd begin robbing houses in the middle-class neighborhoods off the Long Island Expressway. Together, he and his best friend Gary break into a place belonging to an old guy named Big John, a local man who is a respected pillar of the community. When Big John fingers Gary for the crime, Howie learns that his pal has been leading a secret, dangerous but also alluring double life. Subsequently, we also discover that Big John has secrets of his own.

Film Credits

Director: Michael Cuesta

Writer: Stephen M. Ryder, Michael Cuesta and Gerald Cuesta

Producer: Linda Moran, Rene Bastian and Michael Cuesta

Cast: Brian Cox, Billy Kay, Paul Franklin Dano, Bruce Altman and James Costa

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