20 April 2014 9:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joel Surnow, co-creator of “24,” steps away from guiding Jack Bauer in saving the country to examine one tiny corner of it in “Small Time,” his aptly named bigscreen directorial debut, featuring a fine cast that’s logged plenty time on the TV beat. A warm-hearted coming-of-age family drama grafted onto a comic buddy pic, the film focuses on a used-car dealer whose son joins him on the lot after graduating from high school, to the dismay of the ex-wife he still has feelings for. Hamstrung narratively by third-act longueurs and limited theatrically by a bizarre R rating that shuts out its natural family audience, the movie will find customers on the smallscreen, where Starz-owned distributor Anchor Bay figures to have a ready customer.

A pre-credits sequence establishes Al Klein (Christopher Meloni, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) as a caring father, while defining the relationship between Al and business partner Ash Martini (Dean Norris, »


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