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Small Time (2014)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 April 2014 (USA)
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A young guy decides to skip college in favor of joining his father on the lot of his used-car business.

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A young guy decides to skip college in favor of joining his father on the lot of his used-car business.

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Rated R for some sexual references
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Two of the actors in this film had cameos in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). Christopher Meloni portrayed the clerk at the Flamingo Hotel, and Gregory Itzin portrayed the clerk at the Mint Hotel. See more »

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Freddy Klein: This is the story about my father and the summer we spent together many years ago. It was the summer that changed my life.
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Closing...I mean Closure
18 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

When you watch a movie, often times you build positive and negative off of expectations. If you go to see this movie, enjoy it for what it is.

'Small Time' is a relaxing movie that surprised me. Al Klein (Christopher Meloni), used car salesman, allows his son, Freddy (Devon Bostick) to work on his lot selling cars rather than go to college. Freddy is a natural, but is it what he should be doing with his life?

This is a story about closure, but the problem with talking about closure is, it would be just spoilers.

In life, we have to make choices and of course live with those choices; but some times it is hard, even 10 years later to accept what seemed like the best thing to do. We often lived trapped by those decisions, unable to move on.

Director and writer Joel Surnow, who has worked in television prolifically, used a succinct and condensed writing style that is often lost in movies. In cinema everything is drawn out, rushed, then drawn out between scenes of random events to show the director's 'artistic' capability.

Just about everything said in 'Small Time' had a point and added to the story; this story, each character had depth, history, feelings. Or, in the other words, 'The writing and the dialogue was good and I liked it' (and as a writer myself, I tend to hate more than I like).

There was psychology to these characters, thoughts in their heads. I was genuinely impressed. I could talk about the acting, but I felt the three main roles played by Meloni, Norris (breaking bad fame), and Bostick (older brother from Diary of a wimpy kid) were done professionally. Three capable actors, what else would you expect?

Now, some people might not find enough drama in this film to enjoy it. We are so conditioned to seeing murders and affairs and fights and violence in dramas, we don't know what to do without it. All I can say is, as a person who values his time, I did not feel robbed by this movie and I could appreciate the story and the characters.


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