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William DeMeo is scriptwriter, star, and co-director for the crime drama Wannabes. Hotheated older brother Angelo (DeMeo) and more-thoughtful younger brother Paulie (Conor Dubin) are both fired from their jobs as waiters at an Italian restaurant in Brooklyn. They join up with two of their neighborhood friends, Pete (Daniel Margotta) and Dom (John Palumbo) to start up a bookie business with a 20,000-dollar loan. The group has a rocky start, but soon acquires some help from a partner in Coney Island and expands into more complicated illegal activites. Local crime boss Santo Minieri (Joe… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite all the talking, by the time the bloody climax arrives we still don't feel enough of an attachment to these guys to care one way or another."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"In the era of The Sopranos, it feels painfully redundant and inauthentic."
‑ Jonathan Foreman, New York Post
"The level of enjoyment you'll get from the film also has a lot to do with whether or not you're a fan of Giannopoulos. He's very over the top here, and at times thwarting, but all in all - he's giving it his best...unfortunately plays no better than your"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"A dreary rehash of genre cliches...a vanity project if there ever was one."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"On the whole, the movie lacks wit, feeling and believability to compensate for its incessant coarseness and banality."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Its over-simplistic and small-minded approach to the material does more than severely limit what it can accomplish."
‑ Derek Smith, Apollo Guide
"Maybe it's a cultural thing, but this is one of the worst films I've ever seen."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"This miserable excuse of a movie runs on empty, believing Flatbush machismo will get it through."
‑ Harry Haun, Film Journal International
"If there's nothing fresh about Wannabes, which was written by Mr. DeMeo, who produced and directed the film with Charles A. Addessi, much of the time the movie feels authentic."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Bursting with good intentions and a likeable cast, The Wannabes is the kind of film that you really wanna like, but is a bit short on laughs and hasn't quite got the formula right"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Imagine Death to Smoochy meets Ocean's Eleven, only funnier than both of those. If this sort of movie is what Nick G. is generally known for in his native land, I'm looking forward to a few more imports."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"DeMeo is not without talent; he just needs better material."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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