Hangin' with the Homeboys

Four Bronx likely lads - two black, two Puerto Rican - start their Saturday night by being booted out of a salsa party, and end up, one battered car and several battered egos later, wiser guys. It's one of those films in which the lessons of a lifetime are learned in one night, but it all works to brisk comic effect. The guys are basically cut-outs, each defined by his own tic, but they're done to a fault. There's Tom (Joyner), an aspiring actor, shiftless Willie (Doug), and shy, morose Johnny (Leguizamo). But the star turn is Nestor Serrano's obnoxious hustler, Vinnie. The film is a little too episodic, and being a buddy movie, never quite pulls the rug from under the boys' braggadocio. But Vasquez makes pointed play with some of the current movie clich├ęs of race and sex politics, and the pace never lets up. A lot of fun, with a lot of heart, and pretty hip into the bargain.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph B Vasquez
Screenwriter: Joseph B Vasquez
Cast: Doug E Doug
Mario Joyner
John Leguizamo
Nestor Serrano
Kimberly Russell
Mary B Ward
Reggie Montgomery
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