Life Is Hot in Cracktown (2009)


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Based on writer/director Buddy Giovinazzo's novel of the same name, Life Is Hot in Cracktown explores how crack cocaine infiltrated the streets of urban America by following the journeys of four people whose lives are on a tragic collision course. Pre-op transsexual Marybeth (Kerry Washington) is working as a prostitute in order to save enough money to make her transformation complete. She lives with her lover, Benny, a small-time burglar, whom she hopes to marry after her final operation. … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, rape, drug content throughout, graphic sexuality, nudity and pervasive language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Buddy Giovinazzo
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On DVD: Aug 25, 2009
Lightning Media


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Critic Reviews for Life Is Hot in Cracktown

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

While Giovinazzo's crude approach undercuts his occasional stab at gravitas, Cracktown's cast keeps things in the ballpark of relatable humanity.

Full Review… | July 1, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Life goes far past the boiling point for most of the characters in this hilariously overwrought ghetto soap opera from cult writer-director Buddy Giovinazzo.

Full Review… | June 25, 2009
L.A. Weekly
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July 2, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | June 26, 2009
Top Critic

There are no positive characters in Cracktown. No voice of reason; just the reality of dire circumstances, which cannot be tied up in a pretty Hollywood bow.

Full Review… | July 2, 2009

One part Crash and one part Menace II Society.

Full Review… | June 26, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Life Is Hot in Cracktown

This is garbage. There's no reason to follow the lives of a single character involved, they're all one-dimensional losers. The writer doesn't convey anything more than an outsider's glimpse into the subject matter. This movie relies on nothing more than shock value, and it's about as subtle as a sledgehammer. All that's on display is a bunch of idiots abusing themselves, children, women, and the elderly. This is void of any artistic value, avoid.

Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

The great Buddy Giovinazzo returns after a painfully long hiatus with this fantastically titled masterpiece. It's as if Abel Ferrara and Robert Altman joined forces, only with that nihilistic Buddy touch.
Each separate story is compelling with great performances all around (I especially like that Desmond Harrington kid. Great actor). The audience really cares about most of the characters, and knowing Buddy is writing their stories, truly fears for their safety.
Highly recommended for those who love gritty, depressing and downbeat stories.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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