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The Boys of 2nd Street Park (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  21 January 2003 (USA)
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Five men recall their childhoods in the 1960s.

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A group of guys, born working-class around 1949, grow up friends playing basketball at the Second Street Park in Brooklyn. Through contemporary interviews and archival footage, they look back on their growing up. Teen camaraderie gives way to seeking personal fulfillment and, in the 1960s and 70s, drug use. As young adults, several make a trip across the U.S.; one finds happiness in rural, upstate New York. One fights in Vietnam. One is murdered in 1975, probably over drugs. A few become professionals. By 2000, at least two have lost a child, there's rue and regret, and there's the enjoyment of returning to the basketball court at the park for a reunion game. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for drug content and some language
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Charming, bittersweet documentary
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Charming, bittersweet documentary following a bunch of male friends who grew up in the streets and playgrounds of Brooklyn in the early 60s, and follows them from early boyhood, through drugs, sex, Vietnam, etc. in the later 60s and into the 70s, and onwards to marriage, divorce, careers and sometimes awful losses.

The men are mostly charming and honest, and while in some ways this is like a Sienfeld documentary; 'about nothing', it successfully captures a time and a place and is frequently funny and sometimes quite moving.

If I have any complain it's that between the many characters followed, and the short running tine, some of the stories get short shrift. Also, there are some amateurish visual techniques. But none of these seriously undermine a lovely film of humanity and humor.


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