Ray and his good friends grew up in their working class neighbourhood. Ray is a salesman but dreams of something more: he wants his own business, and wants to marry his childhood sweetheart...
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Ray and his good friends grew up in their working class neighbourhood. Ray is a salesman but dreams of something more: he wants his own business, and wants to marry his childhood sweetheart Jo. In order to fulfill his dreams, Ray takes out a loan which is well beyond the re-payments he can make on his meagre income. His friends get dragged into the fall-out when he can't keep up with payments, but will they stand by him or has he pushed them too far this time?
This film is another boring, so-called coming-of-age story.
If I have seen these characters once, I have see them 100 times.
This film and those like it have little relevance or appeal to anyone who recognizes ethnic stereotypes and unoriginal writing.
Sybil Temchen is the only bright spot. Sadly, she'll probably end up in the same club as Adrienne Shelly (good actress performs well in indies, goes on to perform well in a few bad mainstream films and then disappears into films no one who is asleep at 3 a.m. ever sees).
Maybe Temchen will get lucky with a good cable-TV series (that's what rescued Edie Falco from Shelly's fate).
Cross your fingers (and your toes) for her.
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