By Hook or by Crook

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"By Hook or Crook" is a buddy film that chronicles three weeks in the life of a handsome, gender-bending, small-town butch with a nagging messiah-complex. Emotionally defeated since the death of her father, Shy heads to the big city to sink herself into a life of crime. She is quickly distracted by Valentine, a deliriously expressive, wise-acre adoptee on a misguided search for her birth mother. The two freaky grifters join forces and learn the true meaning of poise under pressure.

Cast

Harry Dodge
as Valentine
Carina Gia
as Isabelle
Cash Askew
as Little Shy
Joan Jett
as News Interviewee
Tina Marie
as Ms. Re
Kris Kovic
as Crazy Nut in Park
Machiko Saito
as Gun Store Clerk
Nancy Stone
as Lucky Penny Waitress
Jimmy Broustis
as Hardware Store Clerk
Sunny Haire
as Bartender
Samuel Sheng
as Tired Cop
Josh Zinn
as Morose Cop
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Critic Reviews for By Hook or by Crook

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (5)

  • [By Hook or by Crook] has a topical resonance rare even in recent releases.

    January 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A ragged but endearing buddy movie.

    June 27, 2003 | Rating: 3/4
  • It quickly becomes tiresome and clich-ridden -- not to mention depressing and pointless.

    October 25, 2002 | Rating: 1/4
  • The title ... must be alluding to the possibility that large parts of the movie are begged, borrowed, and stolen from early Gus Van Sant.

    October 25, 2002 | Rating: 2/4
  • By Hook or by Crook is, like its principal characters, a bit messy and maladroit but not without a certain charm.

    October 24, 2002 | Rating: 3/5
  • Refreshingly, this tale of stone butch blues is rarely treatise-like; sexuality never devolves into agitprop.

    October 22, 2002

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