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The Big Shot-Caller (2008)

Not Rated | | Drama | 28 February 2008 (USA)
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An inspiring New York City story about a lonely outsider who rediscovers his self-esteem through salsa dancing.







Cast overview, first billed only:
David Rhein ... Jamie
... Lianne
... Elissa
Leslie Eva Glaser ... Rebecca
... Rudy
Rodney Lopez ... Dance Instructor
Mariana Parma ... Dance Instructor
Natasha A. Williams ... Carol
... Veronica Colucci
... Victor
Stephanie Bush ... Sandy
Phil La Rocco ... Big Mike
... Gino
John Marean ... Weasel
Aliya Yasmeen ... Giselle


As a child, Jamie Lesser watched 'Strictly Ballroom' ninety-seven times a day and dreamed of becoming a salsa dancer. But in 'real life', his social awkwardness, failed love life and severe near-sightedness got in his way. After insurmountable disappointments, he turns to his estranged sister, Lianne, a streetwise, self-proclaimed hip hop dancing dynamo, inspires him to follow his dream, reclaim his self-esteem and become what he was truly meant to be. Written by Anonymous

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Sometimes you have to break down to break through.




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$350,000 (estimated)
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For those who love to dance...
17 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is definitely not your run-of-the-mill Hollywood fluff. Down to the details, this film speaks to the loneliness in all of us and the troublesome quest to find self assurance in a world of disconnection. Jamie Lessor and Lianne Lessor, played by real life brother and sister, David and Marlene Rhein, have been estranged for ten years when Lianne tries to get in touch with him. He wants nothing to do with her, nor with anyone, until he falls easily for a 'Gold-digger' he meets who relentlessly breaks his heart. With nowhere to turn, he must rely upon a sister he detests, who dances to house music and speaks street jargon, even down to her spiritual philosophies (ie, God as 'The big shotcaller.') She is a wise, albeit broken character, well-played by director Rhein. What unfolds is an engaging and real journey of dysfunctional family and the bumpy road to self-esteem. Often humorous and delightfully quirky, the film delivers the message that the good stuff is within. The music and dance scenes are shot with real passion. Rhein apparently got her start in music videos, including stints with 2Pac and Amy Winehouse. Like any indie film I've seen, the film has its slower moments, but I must say, this one brought me real joy.

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