Where God Left His Shoes (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Where God Left His Shoes
Writer-director Salvatore Stabile keeps his affecting story hurtling forward with such grit and integrity it's easy to forgive its loaded setup and occasional lapses in detail and logic.
The acting, the on-the-fly atmosphere (the film was shot quickly), and Leguizamo's increasingly urgent hustle are deeply evocative, but parts of the movie are almost too painful to endure.
This film needs more than God's Nikes to resonate with an already economically downtrodden filmgoing populace.
Stabile, a Brooklyn native with a resume in TV production, knows how to line up a permit and scout out perfect South Brooklyn Italian manors and melancholic intersections. He gets interesting scenes, too.
Writer-director Salvatore Stabile has a good eye for the details of hard-luck ordinariness, and he sketches believable family bonds with a minimum of flourish.
Audience Reviews for Where God Left His Shoes
John Leguizamo and David Castro bring POWER to their roles as father and step-son. I have always enjoyed John Leguizamo's acting, but this role soon John is forgotten and he is Frank Diaz. David Castro turns on the crocodile tears in one seen that marks this kid for great things to come! John and David show they can handle the roles and I hope to see more of both in the future... both should be Oscar bound! The ending is so not Hollywood and it is what makes me love this movie even more!! One review below says it better than I can, "it does not pour on the saccharine", thanks Peter Gula... that is a great way to express this movie.
Such a touching movie. I didn't like the ending, but it had a good story. Leguizamo was awesome, as was the little boy who played his stepson.
I have always liked John Leguizamo, he has always showed that he has talent. Unfortanetly not to many have giving him the chance before this to show his range. I am very happy to see him in movies like these to proof himself. This story was very real, how many families are out there right now just trying to make it and how many are not making it? Especially nowadays this is hitting it right on the nail. Great story and great performences. How much worst are things are going to get in this country?
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