Off the Hook
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Two friends looking for a way out of the desperate poverty of the South Bronx find themselves traveling in different directions in this street-smart drama. Walter (Walter Velasquez) and Lorenzo (Jamal Mackey) are the two members of an up-and-coming rap duo called Pos-Neg. Walter is studying at a local community college, coaching a children's baseball team in his spare time, and seems determined to use his intelligence and talent to move on to better things. Lorenzo, however, is another matter; an unstable product of a blighted home life, Lorenzo deals drugs to support himself and has a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bounce is much more successful than most other films that deal with daily life in the projects."
‑ , Chicago Reader
"[Sports] admirable energy, full-bodied characterizations and narrative urgency."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"There are no special effects, and no Hollywood endings."
‑ Wilson Morales, BlackFilm.com
"Despite the inexperience of the director and his cast, there's rarely a false moment."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Watstein handily directs and edits around his screenplay's sappier elements ... and sustains Off the Hook's buildup with remarkable assuredness for a first-timer."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
"It uses some of the figures from the real-life story to portray themselves in the film. The result is a powerful, naturally dramatic piece of low-budget filmmaking."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"An ultra-low-budget indie debut that smacks more of good intentions than talent."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Earnest and heartfelt but undernourished and plodding."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"An engrossing first feature from writer/director/ co-producer Adam Watstein."
‑ Donald J. Levit, Film Threat
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