The Big Shot-Caller

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Released 2007

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Released:
2007
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As a child, Jamie Lesser watched "Strictly Ballroom" ninety-seven times and dreamed of being a salsa dancer. Living in New York City as an accountant, his life seems to make sense. He works all day and returns home without much human interaction. One night after receiving a raise and feeling cocky, he decides to watch salsa dancing at a nearby club, and bumps into Elissa, a gorgeous Dominican girl and falls head-over-heels in love. When Elissa stops calling him without explanation, Jamie returns to his former bleak and lonely life, which soon disintegrates into chaos as he loses his job, his apartment and his self-esteem. He moves in with his estranged sister who quickly proclaims the Big Shot-Caller upstairs is calling on him to follow his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose Jamie enters classes, and competition and soon finds joy and triumph, in this inspiring New York City story about a love, loneliness and following your dreams.

Metacritic Score

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The characters' quirks lend The Big Shot-Caller a certain authenticity, and it is easy to empathize with Mr. Rhein's Lonely Guy in the City. But this minuscule indie variation of "...

  • 40

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    The result is a rough-edged, head-scratching mix of tones. Fortunately, musicvideo vet Rhein's competent helming skills counterbalance her off-putting dialogue and flat acting styl...

  • 40

    New York Daily News Joe Neumaier

    Too many threads are woven together here, but occasionally, it just connects.

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