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Gridlock'd (1997)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 1

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In this hard-edged drama with a strong undercurrent of dark comedy, Stretch (Tim Roth) and Spoon (Tupac Shakur) are two friends who share both a passion for music and a dependence on heroin. Stretch and Spoon play in a jazz combo with Cookie (Thandie Newton), and after a New Year's Eve gig, they score drugs and get high together. Cookie lacks her friends' experience with hard drugs and soon ends up in the hospital after a severe overdose. Cookie's brush with death turns out to be a serious


Drama, Comedy

Vondie Curtis-Hall

Dec 10, 1997

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An engaging look at a mangy day in the lives of two junkies trying to kick, Gridlock'd would have been a good mid-level B.O. performer even without the interest surrounding it, due to the recent death of co-star Tupac Shakur.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film has a fairly uninteresting narrative motor in its thriller subplot, but hits on an edgy black comic tone for Stretch and Spoon's increasingly pained dealings with the unsympathetic representatives of authority.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The film seems so fresh it's almost possible to forget that it is a fraud in its description of the culture of hard drugs.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The movie's appeal lies largely in its capacity for surprise, riffing off tired characters and pooped genres to produce, intermittently at least, a fresh new tone. Call it junkie humour.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Cast against type as the gentler of two musician junkies trying to burrow through the bureaucracy to enter a rehab clinic in Detroit, Shakur has the relaxed screen presence of a young Wesley Snipes and plays perfectly off the delirious Tim Roth.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A smart, well-made buddy film about two junkies desperate to kick the habit.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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A dark, effective satire about drug addiction that offers laughs as well as savage criticism of the US approach to dealing with users.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

While not entirely successful, there's enough humor and humanism amid gritty urban locations to recommend Gridlock'd.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The late Shakur is especially impressive as the brighter of the duo -- a frazzled but infinitely patient character with a touching faith that somehow, if the pair just keeps plugging away, everything will turn out okay.

June 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

An ambitious, too ambitious, effort by Curtis Hall that shows talent and a future behind the camera.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A very underrated film that is also very truthful

September 1, 2003
Aisle Seat

Written and directed by actor Vondie Curtis Hall, the film blends savvy and sour-mash humor with bone-deep sadness that recalls predecessors as varied as After Hours and Trainspotting.

October 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Exposes the obstacles that that two down-and-out men face in their efforts to turn their lives around.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Gridlock'd is a seemingly low budget film that covers the same ground as Trainspotting, but not as imaginatively.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

So just when Roth and Shakur's clowning closeness nearly transcends the subject, the film throws up a bunch of flashy edits and MTV-esque close-ups that trivialize it. Junkies just can't win.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

The film is often quite funny, deftly walking the thin line between the harrowing and the hilarious.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

A hard-edged, darkly funny satire about two Detroit junkies who discover if they want to go straight, they'll have to climb a Mt. Everest of forms, paperwork, office referrals, waiting rooms, rules and regulations.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A black, but certainly not a bleak, comedy, Gridlock'd is a wonderfully realized comment on the entanglements of beaurocracy at its most ridiculous.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Gridlock'd

I found this quite a bleak depressing film with moments of humour, true its a dark comedy and a satirical look at the bureaucracy and needless paperwork that I'm sure most countries have but there isn't really anything upbeat about it.

Not that there is suppose to be I'm sure, a film about junkies trying to get into rehab or just looking for some help but only to come face to face with weeks of waiting and forms, enough to make anyone shoot themselves.

Its a decent film but not as good as it was made out to be in my opinion, Roth is simply his whiny foul mouthed annoying self but Shakur does a little better actually showing some emotion for once, Newton is just cute as a button but with little to do. I think the sub plot about getting involved in a murder case and having drug dealers on their tail kinda spoils the dark realistic comedy of their rehab mission, kinda makes it too daft and more Hollywood if you ask me. Definite cult and Shakur's last film.
March 8, 2012

Super Reviewer

I love this movie, its extremely entertainly.
Its a laugh a minute and you can just fall in love with all the characters!
Tupak and Roth are fantastic and have great chemistry and Newton is also brilliant.
Its a highly enjoyable and funny movie that is a must to watch!
November 15, 2011
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

an excellent film about friendship and the abuses of heroin. tupac puts forth probably the one truly noteworthy performance of his acting career and tim roth is brilliant as always. underrated in that this film has been so largely ignored over the years, definitely worth a watch.
January 25, 2010
danny d

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There is only one thing wrong with this movie. Thandie Newton, I can't stand her but she?s not in it much so, it?s pretty much perfect. Shakur and Roth bounce off each other so well. Roth?s character is like the 90's version of Rizzo from Midnight Cowboy!
September 24, 2009

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