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Little Athens (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  June 2005 (USA)
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A day in Athens, Arizona, as teens and twenty-somethings navigate life without a compass. Jimmy has gambling debts and sees a chance to steal and sell a dead-man's stash of drugs. The ... See full summary »

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Jimmy
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Drunk Partygoer #2
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Katie Kinney
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Pizza Pop
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Mr. Carson
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Pedro
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Mrs. Carson
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Doctor Cook
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Carter
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A day in Athens, Arizona, as teens and twenty-somethings navigate life without a compass. Jimmy has gambling debts and sees a chance to steal and sell a dead-man's stash of drugs. The corpse's cousin smells a rat. Jessica, who is babysitting, abandons her charge to seek someone to defend her from a boyfriend angry that he's caught an STD. Corey is responsible for his teen sister, and he and his pal Pedro have been evicted, so they plot to steal a car, sell it, and get back in their apartment. Heather, an EMT, thinks her cop boyfriend is cheating, and she confides in her best friend. There's a party that night where all comes to a head. Guns and a baseball bat: is violence at hand? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A whirlwind day in the hapless lives of small town youth.

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Rated R for drug and sexual content, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Ambitious, but ultimately trivial.
20 November 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I recently watched Little Athens, and while I love multi-protagonist films (I'm actually writing one at the moment for university), I was rather disappointed with this particular film.

For one, while most (most; not all) of the characters are fairly distinct from one another, they didn't have a lot in the way of redemption in the story. Most of the characters are so rotten in their own ways that it's difficult for a viewer to connect with them in any sort of way. To be honest, the only character in the film that was "likable" was Michael Pena's character. But his character was burdened by the fact that his purpose in the story was never really explained, nor did he seem to have any real purpose other than be in scenes with Jill Ritchie's character so she wouldn't have to monologue.

It is also a tad unbelievable (though, I admit it does happen in the real world these days) to have several 20-something characters all engaging in behavior and shenanigans that would be better attributed to 14-17 year olds. Perhaps this is simply my opinion, but this kind of behavior in characters that we're supposed to like and connect with only makes us like them even less than we already did.

As far as the multi-protagonist, intertwining story goes; I will admit that it is very difficult to write these types of stories and make them "work." Part of the trick is to have the viewer actually believe that these stories should connect somehow. But when you basically go the entire film having these character go through entirely different actions, and then simply have all of them happen to be where the climax of the film transpires, it comes across as being very contrived.

While the film is not a complete travesty, and I did not detest it, I find it difficult to give a one-word summary any higher than "mediocre."


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