Homeboy

Just as HOMEBOY is nothing more than a hodgepodge of cliches, its central character, Johnny Walker, played by Mickey Rourke, is a composite of nearly all the down-and-out, golden-hearted pugs ever put on screen. A club fighter, Johnny has been invited to the burnt-out seaside town of Asbury Park, New Jersey, to ply his trade. In the process of throwing...read more

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Just as HOMEBOY is nothing more than a hodgepodge of cliches, its central character, Johnny Walker, played by Mickey Rourke, is a composite of nearly all the down-and-out, golden-hearted pugs ever put on screen. A club fighter, Johnny has been invited to the burnt-out seaside town of

Asbury Park, New Jersey, to ply his trade. In the process of throwing punches and throwing back drinks, he becomes involved with two people who change his life: Wesley Pendergrass (Christopher Walken), a hustler who involves Johnny in a jewelry store robbery, and Ruby (Debra Feuer), the pretty

owner of a run-down arcade, with whom Johnny begins an intense, mutually redemptive relationship. HOMEBOY is encumbered with heavy-handed, clanging "artistic" touches that attempt to elevate its dreary, familiar story into something more significant. The result is a ponderous, pretentious film

whose only flashes of originality are provided by Walken's parodying antics as the vain, posturing Wesley. No wonder Mickey Rourke--charging he was neither paid nor given the creative approval rights he contracted for--sued to stop HOMEBOY's release.

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