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Nicole Ari Parker,
Brendan Sexton III
We Don't Need It
Written by Lil' Cease (as Little Ceasar), Lil' Kim (as Lil' Kim) and Trife of Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Equated by Minnesota
Co-Produced by Hot Mike
Performed by Junior M.A.F.I.A.
Courtesy of Undeas Inc./Big Beat Records/Atlantic Records See more »
A Really Good, Honest, Completely Un-Corny "Hoop Dreams"-like Movie
I really liked this film a lot and I'm extremely disappointed that so many people seem to disagree. I have to admit, I wasn't too interested when I first heard the synopsis -- but "Sunset Park" isn't cornball or predictable like the storyline (or some of the other reviewers) seem to suggest. It's actually a very nuanced, complex, honest, funny, intelligent film. Scenes almost never end the way you expect them to. The coach is NOT a knight in shining armor like so many of the teachers you see in those heroic, one teacher can save the world movies. She is real and complex and has hang-ups and problems (mostly involving men and failure). The basketball players are also all amazingly convincing as genuine adolescent athletes. Their acting is flawlessly natural, almost documentary-like. Their characters have depth and humor and wit. I really became attached to them by the end of the movie and wanted to know more about them and their lives. I can honestly say I didn't want the film to end -- it's a pity that there probably won't be any sequels.
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