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ATL (2006)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  31 March 2006 (USA)
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As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.

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Greg Andrews ...
Jay
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Waffle House Waitress (as Monica)
Brandon Bernard Benton ...
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Bartender
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Albert Daniels ...
Steven R. Ewing ...
Fireman
Alvin Lee Fleming ...
Skateman
Big Gipp ...
Famous Customer (as Cameron Gipp)
Bart Hansard ...
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Rashad (as Tip Harris)
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Veda
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Bone Crusher (as Wayne Hardnett)
Monique Harris ...
Sexy Woman
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As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.

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Rated PG-13 for drug content, language, sexual material and some violence | See all certifications »

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31 March 2006 (USA)  »

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Jellybeans  »

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$11,554,404 (USA) (31 March 2006)

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$21,160,089 (USA) (19 May 2006)
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Trivia

The original title of the movie was going to be "Jellybean," which is the nickname of the character Ant and was also the name of the skating rink in Southwest Atlanta back in the 1980s. See more »

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During the pool scene, the boom mic is visible in the reflection of New New's sunglasses. See more »

Quotes

Brooklyn: Why after every sentence you call me "shawty"? "Yo shawty... shawty." I'm taller than you!
Rashad: Okay, well, let me ask you this then: in New York City then why ya'll gotta say "yo, son" after every sentence? I'm not your kid, I'm not your child, why I gotta be your son?
Teddy: Money...
Rashad: B...
Brooklyn: I call you "sun," 'cause you shine like one. Ya' feel me?
Rashad: That was real sentimental. Thanks.
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References Scarface (1983) See more »

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Ride wit Me
Written by T.I. (as Clifford Harris) and Keith McMasters
Produced by Keith Mack
Performed by T.I.
Courtesy of Grand Hustle/Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Much Better Than I Expected
1 April 2006 | by (Phoenix,Arizona) – See all my reviews

The New Urban drama/comedy ATL,about a group of friends coming of age in Atlanta,was better than I expected in so many ways:It was sweet.It had heart.It was funny in real and unexpected ways,and it had a pace and rhythm all its own.

Another reviewer mentioned "Cooley High" as a reference,but I would also add American Graffiti,especially in using a central location,in this case a roller skating rink,as the focus of the action,as the meeting place of the kids in the area.

I'm afraid that once the word gets around that this isn't another tough,gangster style film,that it will die quickly at the box office,as evidenced by the bored,loud teenagers I saw the film with tonight.

Are small,personal African American films like ATL and "Something New" doomed to failure because of their refusal to dumb down to their audiences with broad,crude humor?I hope not,but why should they be any different than white audiences that cant see a good thing if their lives depended on it either.

End of rant.Take a chance on a film that takes a chance.


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