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Bobby G. Can't Swim
John-Luke Montias makes a triple-threat debut as writer, director and star of the tense urban drama Bobby G. Can't Swim. Bobby Grace (John-Luke Montias) is a small-time drug dealer who is just trying to keep himself above water, selling cocaine to a collection of losers and ne'er-do-wells in New York's Hell's Kitchen. Despite the pathetic circumstances of his life, Bobby and his pals -- girlfriend Lucy (Susan Mitchell), who makes her living as a hooker; Popeet (Norman Middleton), a blind man who has a knack for finding salable objects, and Coco (Vincent Vega), Bobby's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Decidedly a minor item that's been on the shelf for a while but is nonetheless an effective calling card for its writer-director- star."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Montias ... pumps a lot of energy into his nicely nuanced narrative and surrounds himself with a cast of quirky -- but not stereotyped -- street characters."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
"It's an awfully derivative story."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The movie rarely overcomes its terminal Scorsese- and Ferrara-isms, or fulfills the promise, evident in the film's early passages, that Montias might be a fine observer of local color with his own unique stories to tell."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Unfortunately, as a writer, Mr. Montias isn't nearly as good to his crew as he is as a director or actor."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"A boisterous, exhilarating ride worth paying for."
‑ James Brundage,
"An impressive if flawed effort that indicates real talent."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The minor figures surrounding [Bobby] ... form a gritty urban mosaic."
‑ Leslie Camhi, Village Voice
"The kind of movie that comes along only occasionally, one so unconventional, gutsy and perfectly executed it takes your breath away."
‑ Todd Deery, Orlando Weekly
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