Brooklyn Rules

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Brooklyn Rules' premise is old hat now, but strong performances from Alec Baldwin and the supporting cast are reasons enough to watch.



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Director Michael Corrente's coming-of-age comedy drama Brooklyn Rules unfurls in 1985, coincident with the early rise of John Gotti. Three young Brooklyn men of Italian-American heritage -- Michael Turner (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Carmine Mancuso (Scott Caan), and Bobby Canzoneri (Jerry Ferrara) -- make the pivotal, potentially irreversible choices that will determine their directions in life. The boys' periodic run-ins with a sadistic mobster type who rules the neighborhood, Caesar Manganaro (Alec Baldwin), suggest the ever-present option of drifting into a career of crime. On the surface, Michael courageously and doggedly bucks this choice, opting instead for the pre-law program at Columbia and a straight-laced romance with blonde-haired, blue-eyed coed Ellen (Mena Suvari), yet this path is not as antiseptic as it may seem, for he actually scammed his way into the law program. Meanwhile, Carmine idolizes Caesar, and his desire to emulate this thug not only compromises his own moral integrity, but threatens to jeopardize the stability of Michael's life as well by drawing him into a sticky web of criminal activity. While the first two men navigate these treacherous paths, the third friend, Bobby, stakes out safer ground with a low-key job at the post office and married life with his intended. Over the course of it all, the boys' bonds of friendship become stressed and strained given the divergence of their paths. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Freddie Prinze Jr.
as Michael Turner Jr.
Scott Caan
as Carmine Mancuso
Alec Baldwin
as Caesar Manganaro
Jerry Ferrara
as Bobby Canzoneri
Robert Turano
as Mr. Canzoneri
Phyllis Kay
as Mrs. Canzoneri
Paulo Araujo
as Young Michael
P.J. Brown
as Earl Webber
Chris Caldovino
as Philly Cabrese
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  • Dec 25, 2009
    amazing movie, i wouldnt have thought alec baldwin or freddie prinze jr would have suited a mafia type movie but it turns out they did pretty good through out the movie, it was a good mix in the movie and a good way of doing it the way they mix normal life with mafia life and not just one or the other great storyline and great acting throughout loved it from start to finish was a great movie and was very true to what actually happened during the time of the gotti rise to power
    Lone W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2009
    freddy prince junior, in a suprisinly ok performance, and scott caan doing good work, as a film very goodfellas inspired, especially voice over, with a eye for its 80s newyork setting, and the charactors brushings with mob life
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2008
    I enjoyed this film a lot, i wasn't sure how Freddie Prinze Jnr was going to do in the mobster type role but he did ok and the story allowed him to be a bit preppy at times. Scott Caan was good and although i'm not an Alec Baldwin fan i have to give him his dues! On the whole this is fairly decent in the end its less about goodfellas and more about friendship.... but the journey is an enjoyable and entertaining one.
    Samantha A Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2007
    Three Brooklyn boys growing around the mafia whilst getting older.....Despite this it is actually a really good movie.
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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