New Jersey Drive (1995)

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New Jersey Drive opens with Jason (Gabriel Casseus) heading off to juvenile detention then unfolds in flashback as, chronologically, the incidents leading to his arrest surface one by one. First the audience sees his violence and poverty-ridden project; next his go-nowhere delinquent friends are introduced, as is their hobby: joy riding. Soon some of the teens, including Jason, begin to convert their hobby into a part-time job as they steal cars and sell them to a sleazy chop-shop owner for pennies on the dollar. Eventually, luck runs out when they are caught in a police sting; one boy is shot to death by the crooked Officer Roscoe (Saul Stein), who then warns Jason not to tell a soul; however, they continue stealing cars. Meanwhile, Jason beats up a neighborhood acquaintance on the playground for a slight to his sister and finds himself the target of the boy's murder attempts. The action draws to a head as both Roscoe and the vengeful boy close in.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama
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MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

Sharron Corley
as Jason Petty
Saul Stein
as Roscoe
Gwen McGee
as Rene Petty
Andre Moore
as Ritchie
Donald Faison
as Tiny Dime
Samantha Brown
as Jackie Petty
Christine Baranski
as Prosecutor
Robert Jason Jackson
as Lionel Gentry
Heavy D
as Bo-Kane
Ron Brice
as Tiko
Paul Schulze
as Booking Sergeant
Leslie Nipkow
as Female Officer
Arthur J. Nascarella
as Mr. Chop Shop
Michael Tancredi
as Officer Clueless
Ian Kelly
as Incarcerated Knucklehead/Young Gun
Emilio Mayes
as Young Gun
Arabella Field
as Female Jury Member
David Butler (I)
as TV Reporter
Oran "Juice" Jones
as Ron Q.'s Dad
T.K. Kirkland
as House Rules
Leslie Segar
as Angry Resident
Kellie Turner
as Agitated Neighbor
Maurice Carlton
as Irate Friend
Monique Maxwell
as Jackie's Homegirl
Monet-Cherise Dunham
as Jackie's Homegirl
James McCauley
as Whiteboy in Jeep
Teisha Panley
as P.J. Spokesperson
Damon Chandler
as Detective
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Critic Reviews for New Jersey Drive

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for New Jersey Drive

There isn't a more realistic movie out there. You would think these are street kids thrown in front of a camera but no, these are legit actors acting. Fantastic film! Lee and Gomez joined together and created an underrated masterpiece.

Scott Flowers
Scott Flowers

Stunning, fierce, intimidating, and yet grounded in reality - follows inner city school-aged kids and the imminent dangers vying for their lives. An almost horror movie of rebellious, angry youths stealing cars and causing mayhem - poor choices and their horrific consequences. Pervasive Language throughout and people getting shot as you watch. It plagued me for days after seeing it originally.

Thomas Porter
Thomas Porter

New Jersey Drive is an enjoyable and underrated urban drama. The performances here are all solid in my opinion and actor Sharron Corley is great in the lead role, with diary-like narration. New Jersey Drive places the audience into the lives of project teens living the high life of carjacking in what they perceive as an "unforgiving world", a world plagued with injustice, corrupt cops and racial prejudice in their case. While it may not match the raw power of Menace II Society or Boyz N The Hood, New Jersey Drive is still a worthy urban drama.

Alex A
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