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ATL (2006)

PG-13  |   |  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 ...
Deputy
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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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$11,554,404 (USA) (31 March 2006)

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$21,160,089 (USA) (19 May 2006)
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When New New's dad takes her to the car, you can see TI behind her not on skates, when she turns to look at him, he's skating to the car. See more »

Quotes

Teddy: Ya'll sure are. And you know something, New New...
New New: Nope.
Teddy: No, I mean. I'm sayin', when we gon' get together?
New New: Not gon' happen. Never.
Teddy: I mean, why don't you just let me finish what I gotta say?
New New: I know what you gon' ask me, Teddy, I know you. And I seen you skate.
Teddy: So?
New New: So that tells me everything I need to know about a man.
Teddy: Pssh, well, then you should know that, that I'm the quickest one out there, you know? I be pumpin' in out there, baby. I pop, pop, pop!
New New: Exactly. A quick pumper.
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Written by Nehemiah Taylor, Ronald Kilpatrick, William Bowles, Tirrell Coleman and Drametrius Jeffries
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Surprisingly strong film shows the flipside of the dirty dirty
27 March 2006 | by (City of Brotherly Love) – See all my reviews

I just got back from an advance screening of ATL--the movie that cannot be marketed as a roller skating flick because Roll Bounce "didn't make money."

OK, so I guess that's a major spoiler in Warner Brother's eyes. But I think it's kinda cool to see a PG-13 movie set in current times that shows young men and women battling with the process of growing up. If you've seen lots of movies like me, you'll know where ATL borrows it's cues from--the friendships of Juice, the house party from House Party, the fat girl from Cooley High a dash of Purple Rain the broad tapestry of Last Picture Show or American Graffiti and the swagger of Saturday Night Fever. It also owes a lot to John Hughes' early work. That being said, director Chris Robinson, in his feature debut, delivers strong visuals and an excellent soundtrack/score that constantly reminds you that these are real places, people and problems. He gets excellent performances from his cast--a mix of veteran actors and musicians in their film debuts.

The big plot twist in the story (which I won't give away) raises a very interesting question that the movie with as broad a scope as ATL has no way to answer--do these young girls project a "grown-up" attitude because it's fashionable or is it the only way to find love and attention from these young boys who are, in their own way, desperately in search of their own manhood without the guidance of true role models? ATL tels a very familiar story but with interesting hues and nuances that defy the typical "hood" flick. I encourage you to check it out in theaters.


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