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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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Chris Robinson

Writers:

Tina Gordon (screenplay) (as Tina Gordon Chism), Antwone Fisher (story)
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Cast

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 Bart Hansard ... Deputy
T.I. ... Rashad (as Tip Harris)
Khadijah ... Veda
Malika ... Star
Bone Crusher ... Bone Crusher (as Wayne Hardnett)
Monique Harris 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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A New American Story


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jellybeans See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,554,404, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$21,160,089, 21 May 2006
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Big Boi Picks Twon up from jail, you can see two camera men in the reflection of Big Boi's sunglasses. See more »

Goofs

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

Esquire: You got a Picasso in yo house!
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Connections

References Good Times (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Georgia
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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Much Better Than I Expected
1 April 2006 | by bimsie99See all my reviews

The New Urban drama/comedy ATL,about a group of friends coming of age in Atlanta,was better than I expected in so many ways:It was sweet.It had heart.It was funny in real and unexpected ways,and it had a pace and rhythm all its own.

Another reviewer mentioned "Cooley High" as a reference,but I would also add American Graffiti,especially in using a central location,in this case a roller skating rink,as the focus of the action,as the meeting place of the kids in the area.

I'm afraid that once the word gets around that this isn't another tough,gangster style film,that it will die quickly at the box office,as evidenced by the bored,loud teenagers I saw the film with tonight.

Are small,personal African American films like ATL and "Something New" doomed to failure because of their refusal to dumb down to their audiences with broad,crude humor?I hope not,but why should they be any different than white audiences that cant see a good thing if their lives depended on it either.

End of rant.Take a chance on a film that takes a chance.


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