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Stealing Cars (2015)

R | | Drama | 5 April 2016 (USA)
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A rebellious teenager navigates his way through the juvenile court system.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emory Cohen ... Billy Wyatt
John Leguizamo ... Montgomery De La Cruz
Paul Sparks ... Conrad Sean Lewis
Heather Lind ... Nurse Tina Simms
Mike Epps ... Sheriff Emmit Till
Al Calderon ... Nathan Stein
Jeff Lima ... Carlos Fuentes
Leopold Manswell ... Jerome Timmons 'J.T.' Dye
Felicity Huffman ... Kimberly Wyatt
William H. Macy ... Philip Wyatt
Grace Van Patten ... Maggie Wyatt
Deema Aitken ... Earl
Tariq Trotter ... Lionel McWorthers
Chance Kelly ... Coach Jimmy Carmichael
David H. Holmes ... Ollie
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A rebellious teenager navigates his way through the juvenile court system.

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Rated R for language including some sexual references, and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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English

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5 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Altough they don't share any scenes together in the movie, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman are a well-known couple in real life. They're portraying the protagonist's parents in this film. See more »

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Could Have Been So Good
30 March 2019 | by silvio-mitsubishiSee all my reviews

The twist and the action in the last ten or fifteen minutes give a taste of how truly memorable this film could have been, but the eighty minutes of set-up show how lazy and delusional filmmakers can be. There is an overt reference to A Bronx Tale but far too much harking back to The Breakfast Club and similar, with unlikeable characters in unrealistic situations. Billy would never have got away with the rambling smart-arse speechmaking on show here, but would have been told to sit down and STFU (at best) or, more likely, punched in the mouth.

The distinction between the gangs is underplayed unless it is critical to a plot point, at which time it feels forced. The kindly sheriff, damaged nurse and bullying guard stereotypes rely on one actor in each role, and we are expected to believe they work almost around the clock and with no support. There is no suggestion that education extends beyond reading one book, sport involves more than knocking one character to the ground repeatedly, or rehabilitation extends beyond polishing the boss's car. The annual building project is as believable as finding Elvis on the moon.

Most of the film is made up of red herrings and blind alleys, with very occasional flashbacks that confuse rather than illuminate. Even after seeing the twist I am not convinced I fully understood what they were trying to say but by that stage I was making up my own story.

The end is forced melodrama but need not have been. There was a great film here struggling to get out.


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