5.9/10
654
6 user 18 critic

Explicit Ills (2008)

R | | Drama, Romance | 6 March 2009 (USA)
Trailer
1:59 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
A drama of four interconnecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia.

Director:

Mark Webber

Writer:

Mark Webber
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Realism and fantasy collide in Jonathan Lethem's genre-bending coming-of-age story, which follows two estranged brothers as they try to leave New York City for a new life in California only... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Peditto
Stars: Paul Dano, Michael Esper, Anthony M. Bertram
Weapons (2007)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America,and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated.

Director: Adam Bhala Lough
Stars: Nick Cannon, Paul Dano, Mark Webber
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A cantankerous but ailing bartender takes a kindly young homeless man in under his wing.

Director: Dagur Kári
Stars: Paul Dano, Brian Cox, Bill Buell
Flatscreen (Video 2012)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Gabriel Wilson
Stars: Sara Cicilian, Paul Dano, Paul Rome
Gigantic (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A mattress salesman finds his plan to adopt a Chinese baby augmented by the arrival of a young woman, who comes into his workplace, falls asleep on one of the beds, and starts to affect his life upon waking up.

Director: Matt Aselton
Stars: Paul Dano, Zooey Deschanel, John Goodman
The Extra Man (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man who escorts wealthy widows in New York's Upper East Side takes a young aspiring playwright under his wing.

Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini
Stars: Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, Katie Holmes
For Ellen (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A struggling musician takes an overnight long-distance drive in order to fight his estranged wife for custody of their young daughter.

Director: So Yong Kim
Stars: Paul Dano, Margarita Levieva, Jon Heder
The King (2005)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met.

Director: James Marsh
Stars: Gael García Bernal, William Hurt, Laura Harring
Being Flynn (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Working in a Boston homeless shelter, Nick Flynn re-encounters his father, a con man and self-proclaimed poet. Sensing trouble in his own life, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out yet again to his dad.

Director: Paul Weitz
Stars: Paul Dano, Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When the mother of his infant son unexpectedly passes away, struggling actor Mark grapples with fatherhood and his inability to grow up. And when he sparks with a single mother, he learns how his choices have real-life consequences.

Director: Mark Webber
Stars: Mark Webber, Alia Shawkat, Shannyn Sossamon
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A lesbian, an aspiring actor, an aspiring singer, a low-class marriage, a neighborhood community and 2 renowned directors have memorable less-than-24-hour-long experiences while living in/visiting the capital of Cuba.

Directors: Laurent Cantet, Benicio Del Toro, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Josh Hutcherson, Vladimir Cruz, Magali Wilson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Lovers struggle to overcome the everyday temptations of an ordinary human life; what they discover is somewhat extraordinary.

Director: Mark Webber
Stars: Teresa Palmer, Rosario Dawson, Mark Webber
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Dano ... Rocco
Rosario Dawson ... Babo's Mom
Naomie Harris ... Jill
Lou Taylor Pucci ... Jacob
Frankie Shaw ... Michelle
Tariq Trotter ... Kaleef
Francisco Burgos ... Babo
Martin Cepeda Martin Cepeda ... Demitri (as Martin Ceoeda Jr.)
Destini Edwards Destini Edwards ... The Girl
Ross K. Kim Ross K. Kim ... Heslin (as Ross K. Kim-McManus)
Tim Dowlin ... Chris
Rebecca Comerford Rebecca Comerford ... Kelly
Nicole Mitchell Nicole Mitchell ... Nicole
Rukiya Thomas Rukiya Thomas ... Maria
Sam Meyerson Sam Meyerson ... Sam
Edit

Storyline

A drama of four interconnecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

One voice will change everything.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,125, 8 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,564, 22 March 2009
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Deceptacon
Written by Sadie Benning, Johanna Fateman and Kathleen Hanna
Performed by Le Tigre
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Quietly powerful urban drama
8 August 2009 | by Buddy-51See all my reviews

Crumbling, hollowed-out buildings, trash-strewn alleyways and weed-infested empty lots provide the backdrop for "Explicit Ills," a low-keyed, understated account of a group of largely unrelated people struggling to make a go of things amidst poverty and urban decay in Philadelphia. Yet, despite the grimness of the setting, the movie offers a basis for renewal and hope through a cast of characters who don't exactly fit into the stereotypical slum-drama mold - and in the film's commitment to social justice through unity and action.

In terms of form, Mark Webber's film is more a series of vignettes than a conventionally structured narrative, an approach that actually works quite well given the slightly amateurish, rough-around-the-edges nature of the piece. Yet, despite limited financial resources, Webber has fashioned a stylish, sometimes even quite visionary work that clearly cares about its characters and the community to which they belong.

Those characters include a young couple caught up in the web of drug addiction; an aspiring actor who's struggling with depression; a seven-year-old chess player who gets picked on at school; a sweet-natured teenager who's trying hard to impress his girl; a pot-smoking mother who's having to counsel her son to stay away from the drug till he's older; and another mother (played by Rosario Dawson) who's desperate to get some much-needed medicine for her asthmatic child. The characters have little in common with one another except that they happen to live in the same geographical locale and they're all trying to do the best they can with what fate and, in some cases, their own choices and actions have led them to. The movie ends on a powerful note of optimism and reconciliation after a heartbreaking and gut-wrenching event befalls two of the main characters.

When all is said and done, Webber's first directorial effort is more a work of "promise" than a fully realized work of art in its own right. But if your taste runs more towards the experimental and the "hip" and less towards the stale conventions of commercial movie-making, then "Explicit Ills" might well be the movie for you.


6 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed