Life Is Hot in Cracktown

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Released 2009

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Life Is Hot in Cracktown

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Director:
Buddy Giovinazzo
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Life Is Hot in Cracktown is a 2009 crime drama from writer-director Buddy Giovinazzo. The movie follows the intertwining lives of various people living in the inner-city, where the streets are infiltrated with crack cocaine. Pre-op transsexual Marybeth (Kerry Washington) is working as a hooker in order to save up money for a sex change operation. She lives with her lover, Benny (Desmond Harrington), a small time thief with an expensive drug addiction. Willy (Ridge Canipe) is a ten year old living in poverty with his little sister. In order to buy food he has to beg for money, while his mother (Illeana Douglas) and her violent boyfriend indulge their drug habit. Willy is infatuated with Melody (Elena Franklin), a teen prostitute, and his only friend is a Junkie (Brandon Routh) who hangs around his welfare building. Romeo (Evan Ross) belongs to a gang who roams the streets, extorting, raping, robbing, terrorising and killing innocent residences. Manny (Victor Rasuk) lives in a squalor with his wife Concetta (Shannyn Sossamon) and their newborn son. He works two jobs and is desperate to build a better life for himself and his family.moreless

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  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    While Giovinazzo's crude approach undercuts his occasional stab at gravitas, "Cracktown's" cast keeps things in the ballpark of relatable humanity. Best of the lot is Kerry Washing...

  • 40

    Variety Justin Chang

    Nowhere near as much fun as its title, playing out like an unusually obtuse episode of "The Wire."

  • 30

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    For those wearied by cliches about poverty, rote characterizations of minorities and shocks for their own sake, best to avoid "Cracktown."

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