NEW JERSEY DRIVE is a slice of life on the streets of Newark, New Jersey, depicting the lives of small time car thieves and dead-end teenagers. It is a vivid and tough portrayal of a side of society that most of us will never experience. Brutally frank in its frequent use of obscene language and violence, viewers be warned that this is not a pretty picture.
NEW JERSEY DRIVE is a slice of inner city life based on a New York Times investigation of police corruption in Newark, New Jersey. However, the central characters of the story are not good cops gone bad, but the dead-end African American teenagers who are victims of the streets and of their own inability to rise above the squalor around them. Car theft for fun and profit is the game on the streets. “Boost” a car and take it for a joyride. The police are your enemies, and no one is your friend. Some are lucky and get away. Others take one ride too many and end up just another gruesome statistic. Jason Petty, played by newcomer Sharron Corley, is torn between the desire to please his mother and live a peaceful life, and the allure of the streets. As his friends pay the price for their deeds, he learns that, eventually, there is nowhere to run.
NEW JERSEY DRIVE is brutally frank. The street vernacular is laced with obscenities, and violence and cheap liquor are a way of life. With no spiritual element to the lives of the characters, even the deaths of their friends give them little pause to reflect on their own lives. A rap soundtrack and dynamic cinematography add to the effective portrayal. However, viewers be warned that this is not a pretty picture. The portrayal is disturbing and offensive most of the time.
(H, LLL, VV, S, A, D, M) Humanist, materialistic worldview; 194 obscenities, 3 profanities & 22 vulgarities; moderate violence -- gunfire, auto accidents, fighting, & police brutality; implied sexual immorality; alcohol use among teenagers; marijuana use; and, many instances of car theft.