Hell's Kitchen Nyc

  • 1999
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime, Drama

The road to Hell's Kitchen is paved with good intentions in this heartfelt and beautifully photographed drama about young people struggling to make decent lives against a backdrop of poverty and violence. The script resurrects cliches so hoary that all you can do is wince as the endlessly game cast struggles to make them seem plausible. It starts with a...read more

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The road to Hell's Kitchen is paved with good intentions in this heartfelt and beautifully photographed drama about young people struggling to make decent lives against a backdrop of poverty and violence. The script resurrects cliches so hoary that all you can do is wince as the endlessly game cast struggles to make them seem plausible. It starts with a robbery: Patty (Johnny Whitworth) is owed money by a local dealer, and goes to get it with his best friend Johnny (Mekhi Phifer) and Hayden (Ryan Slater), the teenage brother of Johnny's girlfriend

Gloria (Angelina Jolie). Gloria waits in the car with Johnny's younger brother, but only Patty comes back; Hayden is dead and Johnny has been shot. Johnny goes to jail, and when he gets out five years later, things have changed. His mother is dead, his brother has vanished into the abyss of crack

addiction, and Gloria is living with Patty, who's told her that it was Johnny's bullet that killed Hayden. Gloria is burning with the need for revenge, and despairs of her mother (Roseanna Arquette), a slutty junkie whose interest in Patty goes beyond the fact that he's her dealer. Johnny searches

for his brother, adopts a street child (Jade Yorker), tries to set things straight with Gloria and breaks into the seedy world of boxing with the help of brain-damaged former champ Lou (William Forsythe), who now works at a stable. Writer-producer-director Tony Cinciripini's script contains enough

plot for two films, which gives the narrative the breathless feel of a synopsis of a 500 page novel; added to the melodramatic preposterousness of much of the dialogue, the awful result is that you're tempted to laugh at moments of wrenching drama. And that's truly hellish.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: R
  • Review: The road to Hell's Kitchen is paved with good intentions in this heartfelt and beautifully photographed drama about young people struggling to make decent lives against a backdrop of poverty and violence. The script resurrects cliches so hoary that all you… (more)

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