Bad Neighborhood, Bad Rules, Bad Movie
Release Date: May 18, 2007
Runtime: 99 minutes
Distributor: City Lights Pictures/City Lights Media Group
Director: Michael Corrente
Writer: Terence Winter
Address Comments To:Danny Fisher, CEO
City Lights Media Group
(City Lights Pictures and Television)
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 264-0880
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The movie is the story of three boys who find a man in the woods murdered by the mob as he sat in his car. One boy takes a finds a gun in the dead man’s glove compartment. Another rescues a puppy from a crate in the back seat. As the boys grow up they continue to bump into mob-related activity. Michael (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) goes off to college, Carmine (Scott Caan) gets involved in the mob, and Bobby (Jerry Ferrara) attempts to get a job at the post office. The “rule” in Brooklyn seems to be that you must constantly insult others, use foul language as punctuation and be prepared to kill a stranger who insults you in the same way your friends do on an ongoing basis. This is a sad way of life for any so-called intelligent life form.
It is made sadder still in that the movie opens with Scripture reading and an open acknowledgement that Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins. The narrator, who admits to learning about Jesus in Catholic school, flatly rejects God’s rules, says he doesn’t even ask for forgiveness, and then launches into his “confession” of behavior that leads to multiple senseless murders.
Brooklyn’s “rules” are nothing new. The psalmist David wrote about similar rules thousands of years ago in Psalm 59:12, 13:
“For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak. Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth.”
Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (including crime lords). God’s rules, when obeyed, create a peaceful and prosperous society. God permits the “rules” followed in this movie lead to pride, fear and early death.
It’s a shame the filmmakers didn’t tell the true story of some gangster whose life was transformed by Jesus Christ. Prideful murderers have been turned into kind, forgiving people. Hollywood would make more money and make the world a better place if they would focus their cinematic talents and resources on telling redemptive stories. The world, including Brooklyn, needs inspirational stories, not depressing, ugly tragedies like BROOKLYN RULES.
BROOKLYN RULES is filled with foul language, murder, violence and sex. It makes the people of Brooklyn look stupid enough to follow rules that require them to wage war over who gets to sit in a chair at a restaurant. The “rule” in this movie seems to be that you must constantly insult others, use foul language as punctuation, and be prepared to kill a stranger who insults you in the same way your friends do on an ongoing basis. This is a sad example for any so-called intelligent life form. The world, including Brooklyn, needs inspirational stories, not depressing, ugly tragedies like BROOKLYN RULES.