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Prince of Broadway (2010)

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"Prince of Broadway" is the story of Lucky and Levon, two men whose lives converge in the underbelly of New York's wholesale fashion district. Lucky, an illegal immigrant from Ghana, makes ends meet by soliciting shoppers on the street with knock-off brand merchandise. Levon, an Armenian-Lebanese immigrant, operates an illegal storefront. Lucky's world is suddenly turned upside down when a child is thrust into his life by a woman who insists the toddler is his son. While Lucky copes with his new domestic dilemma, Levon struggles to save a marriage that is falling apart. The seedy side of the wholesale district is revealed through a journey that continually confronts the interplay between what is fake and what is real.

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Cast

Pascal Menard
as Delicious
Brea Cola
as Serena
Roger Harkavy
as Defense Attorney
Stephen L. Baker
as Copyright Lawyer
Kurt Leitner
as Prosecutor
Tony Roach
as DNA Test Doctor
Roger Majkowski
as Officer Mahoney
Joel Saladilio
as Plainclothes Cop
Mark Newell
as Plainclothes Cop
DJ Bluesky
as Delicious's Wife
Beatriz Cano
as DNA Test Receptionist
Jesse Perez
as Uniform Cop
Adam Kidd
as Tough Guy in Club
Chris Bergoch
as Snowbound Victim
Michael O'Hagan
as Snowbound Victim's Girl
Jeannette Benjamin
as Waitress in African Restaurant
Shahir Ajij
as Waiter in Indian Restaurant
Babul Das
as Waiter in Indian Restaurant
Renee Freilich
as Lady in Indian Restaurant
Camille Lafaso
as Lady in Indian Restaurant
Daniel Paltrowitz
as Man in Indian Restaurant
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

Director Sean Baker's fascinating, impossible-to-categorize film relies on handheld cameras, improvised dialogue, jump cuts and a very photogenic arena, the city's wholesale fashion district.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's an undeniably small yet almost indefinable film, warmhearted and bittersweet, laced with both humor and tough emotions.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Off-formula and on-point, the story's emotional jabs are all the more poignant for their unpredictability.

September 3, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

The film seethes with naturalistic cred.

Full Review… | August 31, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Streetwise, kinetic and solidly dramatic.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

It uses the immediacy and roughness of its look to its story's advantage, the documentary feel adding to the sense of authenticity, and finds glimpses of beauty.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013

Audience Reviews for Prince of Broadway

½

Brilliant neorealist, improvisatory film using non-professionals to tell a story about a street hustler and the baby he is forced to look after.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

"Prince of Broadway" is an admirable but dull film. It heroically chronicles the hardscrabble life of poor immigrants in New York City, but it doesn't have much of a story to tell about them. Lucky, the main character, is an illegal immigrant (from Africa, it seems) who ekes out a meager living by selling counterfeit luxury items, a major trade in NYC. His life is turned upside-down when a former girlfriend shows up one day and hands him a baby. "He's your son," she says. He struggles to hand the baby back, but to no avail. He stands there shell-shocked, not even knowing how to hold a child much less parent one. This is great subject matter, but writer/director Sean Baker doesn't really know what to do with it. Watching this uneducated man struggle to learn to take care of a baby doesn't make for compelling cinema after about 20 minutes. Baker is a master of ethnographic cinema, capturing the look and feel of a particular social milieu. He presents the New York under-class with the same kind of deep, gritty authenticity that Lee Daniels did in 'Precious.' Alas, capturing a look and feel is only part of a movie-making project. There also has to be a great screenplay with a great story. Baker really disappoints here. He may be a great director, but he's no screenwriter. Still, I'm very pleased that 'Prince of Broadway' finally found a distributor two years after the film was finished. No doubt this was all due to Lee Daniels, who agreed to let his name be used in the marketing campaign. In all the movie ads I've seen, "Lee Daniels Presents" appears above the title. We desperately need more hand-made films like this and more filmmakers like Baker and Daniels, who are willing to forgo a life of riches to tell stories about the poor. "Prince" may not be a perfect film, but cinephiles from coast to coast must support it to send a message that films with subject matter like this are marketable. If a market for films like this opens up, we would no doubt get some better specimens of the genre quickly. Support hand-made working-class cinema!

William Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

Super Reviewer

½

An equal parts charming and gritty look at two immigrants trying to make a living by selling knock-off merchandise in New York. One is dealing with marital troubles stemming from a fake marriage for US citizenship, while the other is suddenly left with a young son he didn't even know he had that may or may not even be his. A vibrant slice of neo-realism, teeming with life and the pulsating rhythms of the streets of New York.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

Super Reviewer

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