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The Breaks (1999)

A Sunday in the life of Derrick King, an Irish kid raised in South Central L.A. by a Black family. He talks Black, dresses Black, and thinks of himself as Black. It's a day of disasters: ... See full summary »

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Inmate #1
Isaiah Barnes ...
Charles
Max Becker ...
Young Derrick
Paula Bel ...
Paula - 'the Ho'
Paul Benjamin ...
Clerk
Lamont Bentley ...
Darryl
Michelle Buffone ...
Derrick's Irish Mom (as Michele Buffone)
Johnny Ray Burton ...
Inmate #2
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Himself
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Girl In The Car
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Floria
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Inmate #3
Justin Doran ...
Nilla
E-40 ...
Judge
Pierre Edwards ...
The Pimp (as Pierre)
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A Sunday in the life of Derrick King, an Irish kid raised in South Central L.A. by a Black family. He talks Black, dresses Black, and thinks of himself as Black. It's a day of disasters: his mom kicks him out of the house, his uncle fires him, the woman he loves dismisses him as childish, the LAPD (wearing Confederate-flag shoulder patches) impounds his car and tosses him in the drunk tank, a mean dude is after him for money, he's imprisoned in a store basement by gay sadists, and he's shot at. Along the way, however, he shows kindness to a near-sighted kid, and those random acts may prove to be his salvation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He's a brother that pales by comparison.

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Rated R for strong crude sexuality and language, and for violence and drug content | See all certifications »
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When the three get "Kidnapped" by the owner of the pawn shop owner and his friends. The gags they are wearing go from tight to very loose in between shots. See more »

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Written and Performed by Adam Hirsh
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Great Film
30 July 2004 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

From the same sub-genre as the Friday Trilogy (Ice Cube, Mike Epps), comes this story of a railroaded Irish boy who ends up being part of a black family living in the hood.

Directed by Eric Meza (Director of House Party 3, and the hit TV series Smart Guy), The Breaks is up there with the best of its genre and should be better known than it is.

Overall, the plot and the acting is a top notch quality and this film should not be dismissed lightly. Mitch Mullany (The Sweetest Thing) makes his leading role debut and totally nails it.

I found this film for only £3.99 at my local HMV. BARGAIN!


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