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Director Michael Corrente's coming-of-age comedy drama Brooklyn Rules unfurls in 1985, coincident with the early rise of John Gotti. Three young Brooklyn men of Italian-American heritage -- Michael Turner (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Carmine Mancuso (Scott Caan), and Bobby Canzoneri (Jerry Ferrara) -- make the pivotal, potentially irreversible choices that will determine their directions in life. The boys' periodic run-ins with a sadistic mobster type who rules the neighborhood, Caesar Manganaro (Alec Baldwin), suggest the ever-present option of drifting into a career of crime. On the surface, Michael courageously and doggedly bucks this choice, opting instead for the pre-law program at Columbia and a straight-laced romance with blonde-haired, blue-eyed coed Ellen (Mena Suvari), yet this path is not as antiseptic as it may seem, for he actually scammed his way into the law program. Meanwhile, Carmine idolizes Caesar, and his desire to emulate this thug not only compromises his own moral integrity, but threatens to jeopardize the stability of Michael's life as well by drawing him into a sticky web of criminal activity. While the first two men navigate these treacherous paths, the third friend, Bobby, stakes out safer ground with a low-key job at the post office and married life with his intended. Over the course of it all, the boys' bonds of friendship become stressed and strained given the divergence of their paths. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
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Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
Disc #1 -- Brooklyn Rules, 1. In Catholic School They Taught Us [5:35], 2. Boys' Night Out [9:10], 3. Splitting Aces [5:00], 4. Mid-Term Scam [3:25], 5. Thanksgiving at the Canzoneris [6:47], 6. Sorry About the Mess [5:06], 7. You're Obviously the Devil [9:05], 8. Carmine's New Friends [3:43], 9. That Seat's Taken [6:56], 10. Sit-Down [5:34], 11. "Rokdat Calmonexj?" [5:29], 12. Moutet Chateau [5:16], 13. Another Mafia Hit! [3:04], 14. May the Best Man Win [4:21], 15. You're Still in Neutral, Mr. Andretti [6:57], 16. You Ready? [8:01], 17. Credits [5:26]
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Why is This Movie a Sleeper?
This was a great movie but cannot understand why I never saw it promoted. I originally watched it online via Crackle, which had the quality of SD TV. I liked it so much, I purchased the DVD from Best Buy, who had the best price. My only negative is there is no CC in English on the DVD, only Spanish.