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At Theaters: 1/18/2013 On Video: 4/2/2013
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 34 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600040
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With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson lives with his grandmother in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future. One day, instead of dropping Woody off at school, Vincent decides to give the boy a tutorial on how a man gets things done. In the course of one harrowing day, Woody comes face to face with double-crossing thugs and brutal turf wars, and sees his beloved uncle in a tragic and frightening new light.
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Drama - This gritty drama is a big starring showcase for Common and young newcomer Michael Rainey Jr., with other recognizable faces such as Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, and Meagan Good having much smaller roles. While one of the main characters is a pre-teen boy, violence, constant language, and mature subject matter make this not a movie for kids.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Common STREET KINGS, SMOKIN' ACES, JUST WRIGHT
Michael Rainey Jr. Feature Film Debut
Dennis Haysbert FAR FROM HEAVEN, JARHEAD
Danny Glover LETHAL WEAPON, 2012, DREAMGIRLS
Wri/Dir: Sheldon Candis Feature Film Debut
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About the Production
A Dream Ensemble
Home Court Advantage
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PROFANITY: 26 F-words; over 30 S-words; 1 GD; a number of others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights and bloody shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Tobacco and some alcohol, including by a kid.
ACTION: A fight and a chase.
COMEDY: Some kid humor.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good This film tells such a sad story. You don't realize that at first. You think you know what's going to happen, and it will be conventional and comforting.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Average It's a shame that the plot proves to be such a head-scratcher when so many elements of the film seem promising.

NY Post Full Review
Good The trouble is in the script's plotting, which becomes increasingly less plausible until credulity snaps completely in the third act.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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A special day of bonding takes a dark and dangerous detour for an 11-year-old boy when his uncle's violent past dramatically changes both their futures in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr.

With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has just returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack.

One morning, instead of dropping Woody off at school, Vincent decides to give the boy a tutorial on how a man gets things done. After a trip to a tailor to get Woody a custom- fitted suit, the pair heads to the bank to sign off on the loan Vincent needs to fulfill his dreams. But when a problem with the collateral puts the brakes on Vincent's plans, his lack of legitimate business experience and his criminal record leave him with no good options. Desperate not to lose his only chance at success, Vincent throws back in with his former associates, convinced that one last score will set him free. With Woody in tow, he plunges into the violent world he thought he had escaped, running a drug deal for his ex- employer, Baltimore crime boss Mr. Fish (Dennis Haysbert) and Fish's brother Arthur (Danny Glover).

In the course of one harrowing day, Woody comes face to face with double-crossing thugs and brutal turf wars, and sees his beloved uncle in a tragic and frightening new light. Ultimately, the boy will have to decide whether to follow his flawed hero... or become his own man.

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