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Each of these stories comes to some resolution, but none of them are very compelling or gripping emotionally. The content is disturbing. There is abundant foul language, much of it from teenagers and children. One main story line is a transsexual as “she” helps a friend become a “she” as well. The movie also contains graphic sex scenes, nudity and drug abuse. There seems to be little point to this movie.
(PaPaPa, C, HoHoHo, LLL, VV, SSS, AAA, DDD, MMM) Very strong pagan, hedonistic worldview with a Christian element of answered prayer with a “transsexual” woman praying to God (including the Lord’s prayer) for her boyfriend to live, along with very strong homosexual elements; at least 186 obscenities said by adults, teens and children including the “f” word and seven profanities; strong violence includes gang beats old man, gang attempts rape, gang stabs man; multiple scenes of sexuality including homosexuality; upper and rear female nudity, upper male nudity; much drinking of alcohol and drunkenness; smoking of cigarettes by children, teenagers and adults, along with constant use of illegal drugs, mostly crack cocaine; and, terrible parental role models including mothers use their teenage girls in prostitution and gangs abuse neighborhood.
LIFE IS HOT IN CRACKTOWN is the story of a neighborhood where crack cocaine rules the lives of its residents. The movie follows four unrelated stories.
Marybeth is a transsexual (a man who has had surgery to “become” a woman) who is “married” to Benny, a man and burglar. When Benny is shot while robbing a home, Marybeth prays to God for his recovery, and he does recover.
Manny works as a store clerk and security guard. He struggles to provide for his wife and sick infant.
Willy, a 10-year-old, begs on the street because his mother and her boyfriend are strung out on drugs and can’t provide for the family.
Romeo is a gang leader who murders a rival leader and starts a gang war.
Each of these stories comes to some resolution, but none of them are very compelling or gripping emotionally. In fact, there is very little connection with the characters. The movie’s tone is very odd because at times the dialogue makes one think that perhaps this is a comedy, but the story is to be taken seriously.
Based on the director’s novel, these stories may work in that form when the reader can get inside the minds of the characters. As a movie, the storytelling is not competent enough to reveal coherent emotions and thoughts.
The content is disturbing. There is abundant foul language, much of it from teenagers and children. One main story line is a transsexual as “she” helps a friend become a “she” as well. The movie also contains graphic sex scenes, nudity and drug abuse.
There is one scene where Marybeth prays for “her” boyfriend to live. She says the Lord’s Prayer and promises to “be good.” When “her” boyfriend does recover, she flushes her crack cocaine down the toilet.
There seems to be no point to this movie. There are many other movies that are more uplifting and do not have such problematic content.