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Quality of Life (2004)

R | | Drama | 11 June 2004 (USA)
Meet Michael "Heir" Rosario, the most prolific and talented graffiti writer from the Mission District in San Francisco. At age ten, in a desperate search for fame and identity, Heir began ... See full summary »

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Meet Michael "Heir" Rosario, the most prolific and talented graffiti writer from the Mission District in San Francisco. At age ten, in a desperate search for fame and identity, Heir began writing his name on surrounding urban landscapes. More than a decade later, Heir has evolved into a brilliant street artist. With the support of his best friend and partner-in-crime, Curtis "Vain" Smith, Heir has covertly decorated the canvases of concrete and steel throughout the Bay Area. However, when Heir and Vain are arrested for painting, their secret identities are revealed and creative outlets abruptly severed. Faced with restitution and the prospect of serving hard time, Heir and Vain struggle to maintain their creative passion. The paths they choose threaten to unravel their lifelong friendship and, ultimately, their lives. Written by Brant Smith

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So depressing and not worth the time to watch
23 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie about losers. Two losers. If you have ever known someone who was determined to self-destruct and in doing so drag as many other people down with him or her, then you can relate to the movie. However, why would you even want to think about such a person in the first place. People who need help must meet you half way. You can do everything for them, hand it to them on a silver platter and they end up spitting it back in your face. The thing is, you don't even feel sorry for the characters just that you want to keep those kinds of people as far away from you as possible. You don't want to know people like this and you don't want to live in such an area. No sane person can have sympathy for people who deface public and private property and justify it by claiming they are an artist. Artists have a canvas and they don't spend their time working to make the world ugly around them. The ugly is inside of them, at least put it on something which can be framed so people can decide if they want to look at it or not. Spray painting is the worst thing you can do for a community. When people see Graffiti they don't think it is cool or hip, they think it's ugly and wonder what kind of criminal did this. As the movie stated the fine was up to $50k and 2 years in jail. That punishment barely scratches the surface to repay society of this blight.

The music soundtrack was poorly done. It lacked any sense of what purpose music has in a film. Instead of using a stack of rap records, they film maker should have hired a skilled film composer to help this film out. Many dramatic moments were lost and almost a panic they made the music louder.


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