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ATL (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Strong lead performances and catchy musical interludes rescue this coming-of-age story from its formulaic script and uneven direction.

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A tightly knit group of working-class Atlanta teens spend their time bonding over hip-hop and roller skating while pondering life after high school in director Chris Robinson's coming-of-age comedy drama that draws inspirations from the real-life childhoods of Dallas Austin and Tionne Watkins. For a kid growing up on the south side of Atlanta, the Cascade roller-skating rink is the place to be seen, and it's the place where the orphaned high school senior Rashad (Tip Harris) and his little brother Ant (Evan Ross) go every weekend to forget their financial troubles, hang with their friends and get their groove on. But outside the rink, the brothers have problems they can't avoid: Ant is being recruited into the posse of charismatic drug dealer Marcus (Outkast's Antwan Andre Patton, aka Big Boi). Meanwhile, Rashad's three best friends -- including the ambitious Esquire (Jackie Long) -- are pulling him in different directions, and his new girlfriend New-New (Lauren London) may not be as "street" as she seems. As Rashad tries to hold on to his little brother, he also comes to the realization that if he's ever going to make something of himself, he's going to have to step out of his skates and into the real world.
Rating:
PG-13 ( for drug content, language, sexual material and some violence.)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Box Office:
$21,160,089.00
Runtime:
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Cast

T.I.
as Rashad Swann
Evan Ross
as Antwone `Ant' Swann
Lauren London
as New New
Mykelti Williamson
as Uncle George
Albert Daniels
as Brooklyn
Jackie Long
as Esquire
Keith David
as John Garnett
Lonette McKee
as Priscilla Garnett
Khadijah
as Veda
Malika
as Star
Tyree Simmons
as DJ Drama
Monica
as Waffle House Waitress
Brandon Bernard Benton
as Student in Classroom
Adam Boyer
as Bartender
April Clark
as Tondie
Big Gipp
as Famous Customer
Bart Hansard
as Deputy
Wayne Hardnett
as Bone Crusher
Monique Harris
as Sexy Woman
Tae Heckard
as Tonya
Nick Hudani
as Mr. Sartoni
Marie McAdoo
as Fat Girl
Markice Moore
as Austin
Margo Moorer
as Ms. Jackson
Lauren Leah Mitchell
as Janice Rawlings
Rodrick Mosley
as Drug Customer
Roderick Mosley
as Drug Customer
Zoe Myers
as Preppy Female
Ayesha Ngaujah
as Counter Girl
Jameelah Nuriddin
as Young Girl
Gregory Oliver
as Cascade Security Guard
Ashley Ragland
as Teenage Girl
Deon Ramone
as Big Ronnie
Ric Reitz
as Mr. Sapp
Onira Satterwhite
as Sexy Young Girl
Tasha Smith
as Gayle
Laparee Young
as Pastor
Jae Blaze
as Thug
Hakiem Ayele
as Skater
Kyle Dutcher
as Skater
Dancia Garner
as Skater
Brandon Gibbs
as Skater
Leslie Howell
as Skater
James Jones
as Skater
Toria Morris
as Skater
Lisa Quinones
as Skater
Kenya Tyson
as Skater
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Critic Reviews for ATL

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (33)

Too predictable.

April 3, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

It's something akin to the earlier films of Spike Lee -- She's Gotta Have It and Crooklyn come to mind -- in that the characters are cherished for their human qualities, not for how well they swagger onto the screen.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Warner Bros.' low-budget stab at capturing an urban niche audience is higher on stylistic dazzle than originality or coherence, making it an unlikely candidate to bust out of the box office ghetto.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Variety
Top Critic

For a run-of-the-mill hip-hop drama, ATL has some engaging hooks that set it apart from the predictable formula of urban youth struggling to steer clear of crime and pull themselves up to a better life.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film's special appeal is that while the boys are poor and black, their stories transcend race and socio-economic matters.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Making his feature-film debut, music-video director Chris Robinson expertly choreographs the skating sequences, which are exhilarating fun.

March 31, 2006
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for ATL

A New American Story The movie was good and it had it's good moments. The story is not that great but decent enough. The acting was so-so from everyone, still entertaining and it pass really quickly. The attitudes, style and environment puts you right on the streets down south and that's why it was good. A tightly knit group of working-class Atlanta teens spend their time bonding over hip-hop and roller skating while pondering life after high school in director Chris Robinson's coming-of-age comedy drama that draws inspirations from the real-life childhoods of Dallas Austin and Tionne Watkins. For a kid growing up on the south side of Atlanta, the Cascade roller-skating rink is the place to be seen, and it's the place where the orphaned high school senior Rashad (Tip Harris) and his little brother Ant (Evan Ross) go every weekend to forget their financial troubles, hang with their friends and get their groove on. But outside the rink, the brothers have problems they can't avoid: Ant is being recruited into the posse of charismatic drug dealer Marcus (Outkast's Antwan Andre Patton, aka Big Boi). Meanwhile, Rashad's three best friends -- including the ambitious Esquire (Jackie Long) -- are pulling him in different directions, and his new girlfriend New-New (Lauren London) may not be as "street" as she seems. As Rashad tries to hold on to his little brother, he also comes to the realization that if he's ever going to make something of himself, he's going to have to step out of his skates and into the real world.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

½

The movie is okay, as it tells the story of life through the eyes of some ATL hood residents. It's entertaining to see the differences between neighborhoods, and follow the life of the people in the movie - but the movie seemed to forget a moral? You can make up your own, but there really was just no major point in it. It started strong, then kept going and going until an end where it ended up just the same as the beginning? Maybe, "Apperciate what you have, it could be all you ever will have". Fun to watch, but obvious loss potential makes you wonder what it could of been.

Bobby Hobbs
Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer

I didn't know rollerskating had such a big influence on Atlanta. TI shows great potential, Big Boi puts on the best performance.

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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