Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four ... See full summary »
Marcus is a kid on Manhattan's mean streets. He's turning 15, his father is dead, his mother is in prison for smuggling undocumented aliens. His grandmother is raising him. He has four close buddies who have a basement clubhouse; they shoplift and sell the wares to kids. One is moving toward selling drugs. Marcus wants to take a breather from the city and visit family in New Mexico. He also meets Melena, 14, a sweet kid who dreams of going to Alaska; her father is not just protective but angry and uncommunicative. The gang pressures Marcus to move up to burglary and car theft. He just wants to breathe open air. Can anything go right? Written by
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[talking about New Mexico compared to New York]
And the air? It don't smell like this shit.
You remember what the air smelled like from when you were five?
No, but I've seen pictures and I know it don't smell like this shit.
You can't smell pictures, Marcus.
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Don't be put off by the slow pace of the beginning of the film. It well worth the wait, for what comes after. The abrupt ending of the film, is one of the best endings I have ever seen. Also it is one of the best most accurate depictions of what its actually like to be a "street kid" in NYC. So much better than "Kids" (not that Kids was a bad movie).
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