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Off the Hook (2000)

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Two friends looking for a way out of the desperate poverty of the South Bronx find themselves traveling in different directions in this street-smart drama. Walter (Walter Velasquez) and Lorenzo (Jamal Mackey) are the two members of an up-and-coming rap duo called Pos-Neg. Walter is studying at a local community college, coaching a children's baseball team in his spare time, and seems determined to use his intelligence and talent to move on to better things. Lorenzo, however, is another matter; an unstable product of a blighted home life, Lorenzo deals drugs to support himself and has a tendency to think with his fists. While Walter sees Pos-Neg as a springboard to a better life, Lorenzo has a hard time showing up for practice or shows, even when he isn't serving one of his periodic jail sentences. Tensions between Walter and Lorenzo grow when Walter begins dating Narine (Pamela Johnson), Lorenzo's sister, especially after Narine becomes pregnant and she moves in with Walter. Based on a true story (with Walter Velasquez playing himself), Off the Hook was the first feature for writer and director Adam Watstein.

Cast

Jamal Mackey
as Lorenzo
Pamela Johnson
as Narine Lewis
Roland Sands
as Charles
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Critic Reviews for Off the Hook

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Bounce is much more successful than most other films that deal with daily life in the projects.

April 21, 2003 | Full Review…
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Despite the inexperience of the director and his cast, there's rarely a false moment.

April 21, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An ultra-low-budget indie debut that smacks more of good intentions than talent.

March 11, 2003

[Sports] admirable energy, full-bodied characterizations and narrative urgency.

March 11, 2003 | Full Review…

Watstein handily directs and edits around his screenplay's sappier elements ... and sustains Off the Hook's buildup with remarkable assuredness for a first-timer.

March 11, 2003 | Full Review…

Earnest and heartfelt but undernourished and plodding.

February 19, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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