Blue Hill Avenue

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Released 2001

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Director:
Craig Ross Jr.
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Blue Hill Avenue is a 2001 drama directed and written by Craign Ross. The film follows four middle-class teenage boys growing up in the Mattapan section of Boston during the 1980s. The teenagers, Tristian (Allen Payne), Simon (Michael Taliferro), E-Bone (William L. Johnson), and Money (Aaron D. Spears), are attracted to the crime and corruption that litters Mattapan Square because of the easy money. As a group, they begin working for Benny (Clarence Williams II), a successful crime boss in the area, as small-time drug dealers. The four friends are successful as drug dealers and as their careers grow, they each establish their own role in the group. Tristian is the forceful leader who makes most of the decisions for the friends. Simon is the second in command. E-Money is the hot head who handles any conflicts that arise and Money is often the mediator in conflicts. When the teenagers grow to be men, they are very successful criminals. However, managing grown-up lives with their criminal careers is becoming more difficult. Will the friends leave their lives of crime behind them, or are they stuck in these roles forever?moreless

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    This is a demanding, intelligent film of considerable complexity and of sufficient seriousness to justify its 128-minute running time.

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Writer-director Craig Ross Jr. offers both rigorously effective dramatic sections and terribly pedantic and melodramatic strokes of overkill.

  • 30

    The Hollywood Reporter

    The story has little resonance or depth. The R-rated movie comes off as exploitative and derivative.

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    Crime, Historical