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Explicit Ills (2008)

 -  Drama  -  6 March 2009 (USA)
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A drama of four interconnecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia.

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Michelle (as Frankie Shaw)
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A drama of four interconnecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia.

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One voice will change everything.

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Rated R for language and some drug use

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$9,125 (USA) (6 March 2009)

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$28,564 (USA) (20 March 2009)
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When Will IT Leave
Written by Khari Mateen
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A manipulative after school special
11 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I heard so much good things about these but then I saw it and I must say i was not impressed. I thought it was very formulaic and jarring. The characters were indie film cardboard cutouts. None of the performances stood out despite a strong cast but you couldn't blame them as the dialogue was trite and uneventful. This was a standard crash-esquire drama with a decent message that was told more vividly at the Q & A by the director Mark Webber than was portrayed in the film. Sorry, wanted to like it but it just didn't mesh or flow. But I must say a good chunk of the audience members enjoyed it, as it seemed to move them. But as an avid film lover, i was not engrossed in any of the characters(I just wanted the movie to end) It felt like a hallmark special movie albeit with good, urban score that was frankly the best part of the film. The film is way over saturated but I know that's what the director intended.


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