Brooklyn Rules details
|Starring:||Alec Baldwin, Freddie Prinze Jr., Scott Caan, Mena Suvari, Jerry Ferrara, Monica Keena, Robert Turano|
|Studio:||ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||11 Aug 2008|
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Surprisingly Good!! And it doesn't want to be "Goodfellas"!!,By crockery (137 reviews) from Belfast , 29 Jun 2008
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[Highly rated reviewer]Quite a few of the movie critic's reviews seem disappointed that this isn't a 'mob' movie. This turned out to be a surprising plus for the me, since we have 'The Godfather', 'GoodFellas', 'Donnie Brasco', 'Mean Streets' and many glorious years of 'The Sopranos' in the can already.
What we have here is an interesting take on the lives of 3 pre-teen thru early adulthood guys who were and remain best friends. The tag of stereotype always strikes me as odd, because these people really do exist. They have little different niches in their lives that shape them differently, but the roots are in their neighborhood's and surroundings.
This just in, apparently there IS a mob presence in inner NYC, and Brookyln in particular. If you live there it permeates around you. A person from the 'burbs' of St. Paul probably never got that punched in the gut feeling from having a 'made guy' just happen to choose the seat next to you in the movies or local bar. Just because this isn't a 'mob' movie doesn't mean the mob is not a character. Some people feel it's allure, some are repelled by it, others have to exist around it.
That is the tipping point for the characterizations in the movie. I liked the performances from all the cast. Freddie Prinze showed he can play a grown up and handled the narration well. While not afraid to bend some rules, he knew he wanted to get to a higher plane in life. Jerry Ferrara (from 'Entourange')saw a smaller circle, but one that included a cute wife, an OK job and his friends. Scottie Caan felt the pull of the mob life and while not jumping in feet first, wanted to give it a try. All the characters felt real to me, and I enjoyed the story telling. Nice jobs by Alex Baldwin and Mena Surari as well.
I felt bad, sometimes sad, kinda happy and bummed out. That's all I'm after in a movie, to care about the characters I'm spending time with, so nice job!!
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Boring Good Fellas WannabeBy Nabster (8 reviews) , 28 Dec 2012I was up for a GoodFellas rip off, especially since it had Alec Baldwin in it. Unfortunately, Baldwin is the only good thing about the movie, even then his role is very limited. The movie is deliberate, but it's not good, smart, or ambitious enough to be deliberate and slow. What you're left with is an oddly boring and sedate film.
Superb filmBy a customer , 23 Oct 2012Great film. i will never beleive the reviews again! It was a great film and had great British music! Really good
Mob MixtureBy Vince_M (50 reviews) from Darlington , 14 Dec 2011Very good film with a mixture of funny, happy, sad & brutal. Deffo not the usual by the numbers mob film you usually get. Well acted all round.
Too bad for words.By Nitaray (222 reviews) from Farnham , 17 Aug 2011This film is unbelievably bad. Badly directed, badly written and badly acted - apart from a few brief appearances from Alec Baldwin, who must have been in very dire straits to accept the part.
The dialogue and situations are lifted straight from every ' Godfather' film you've ever seen, with a 'West Side Story' romance thrown in for good measure. No dancing, unfortunately.
In fact, it was all so derivative, I thought it must be a comedy.Surely...'they could not be serious?'
I had a hard time staying awake.
worth a watchBy chaze (5 reviews) , 16 Aug 2011worth a watch, and shows the true value of friendship, quite sad too. has quite a few violent scences as well. i would defo recomment it thou