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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.


Chris Robinson


Tina Gordon (screenplay) (as Tina Gordon Chism), Antwone Fisher (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Andrews Greg Andrews ... Jay
Monica ... Waffle House Waitress
Brandon Bernard Benton Brandon Bernard Benton ... Student in Classroom
Adam Boyer ... Bartender
April Clark ... Tondie
Albert Daniels Albert Daniels ... Brooklyn
Steven R. Ewing Steven R. Ewing ... Fireman
Alvin Lee Fleming Alvin Lee Fleming ... Skateman
Big Gipp Big Gipp ... Famous Customer (as Cameron Gipp)
Bart Hansard ... Deputy
T.I. ... Rashad (as Tip Harris)
Khadijah Haqq ... Veda
Malika Haqq ... Star (as Malika)
Bone Crusher ... Bone Crusher (as Wayne Hardnett)
Monique Harris Monique Harris ... Sexy Woman


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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A New American Story

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Dallas Austin, who was one of the producers of the film, is also played by Evan Ross, who stars in this film, in the 2013 TLC movie. See more »


When ant was eating breakfast in the middle of the film..his toast wasn't eaten then when the camera cut back, his toast was eaten. See more »


Tondie: So, you wanna hook up or what?
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Written by Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell, Ludacris, Darion Crawford and Shawn Johnson
Performed by Ludacris and Field Mob featuring Jamie Foxx
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Field Mob appears courtesy of Disturbing tha Peace/Geffen Records
Jamie Fox appears courtesy of J Records
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Surprisingly strong film shows the flipside of the dirty dirty
27 March 2006 | by reelblackSee 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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Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jellybeans See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,554,404, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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