Bought & Sold (2004)
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Bought & Sold is a compelling coming-of-age story set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Jersey City, NJ. The film examines the funny and touching relationship between a young Puerto Rican man and an immigrant pawnbroker.RAYMOND "RAY RAY" MORALES (Rafael Sardina), an ambitious 19-year-old, is struggling to get ahead. Ray Ray's dream is simply to by a DJ's turntable rig and spin for the Friday night crowds. But his job at a local shoe store is leading nowhere, and his high maintenance girlfriend is pressuring him for marriage. Pushed by these constant demands, Ray Ray agrees to join his friend PAPO (Frank Harts), working part-time for an influential neighborhood loan-shark, ALPHONSO "CHUNKS" COLON (Joe Grifasi).Ray Ray quickly impresses his new boss and soon gets promoted to overseeing the operations of a local pawnshop owned by an aging Armenian immigrant, "UNCLE KUTTY" NAZARIAN (David Margulies). Kutty owes Chunks a considerable debt, and it is Ray Ray's job to ensure that Kutty makes good on his weekly payments.With the help of Kutty's beautiful and caring niece, RUBY (Marjan Neshat), Ray Ray and Kutty overcome their initial differences and develop a strong and binding friendship. But when Chunks grows impatient with Kutty and eventually demands a large payoff, Ray Ray finds himself caught in the middle. Caught between two men. Between right and wrong. Between courage and fear. -- © Pawnshop Pictures … More
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A sweet-natured tale of male rituals and cultural adaptation in urban America.
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