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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 Viterelli) develops an interest in the new business and soon takes Angelo up as his protégé. Santo's biological son, Vinny (Joesph D'Onofrio), is angered by his father's choice and seems headed for destruction. … More
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Critic Reviews for Wannabes
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.
On the whole, the movie lacks wit, feeling and believability to compensate for its incessant coarseness and banality.
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.
In the era of The Sopranos, it feels painfully redundant and inauthentic.
Its over-simplistic and small-minded approach to the material does more than severely limit what it can accomplish.
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
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
Maybe it's a cultural thing, but this is one of the worst films I've ever seen.
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.
A dreary rehash of genre cliches...a vanity project if there ever was one.
This miserable excuse of a movie runs on empty, believing Flatbush machismo will get it through.
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