..and a good reminder that this is not a black and white world..
Stevie isn't the least bit likable, even without the criminal charges that weigh so heavily throughout most of the film. Neither is filmmaker Steve James, who usually comes across as so bland and unemotional that Stevie's incessantly over-the-top antics are an almost welcome relief by comparison. I found myself caring more about the relatives and associates of the principals, though not so much that it helped to justify the film's near two and a half hour length. Nor did the exploitative freakshow vibe that I got from most of the Chicago scenes, when Stevie tours the big city, accompanied by his mentally handicapped fiance and her handicapped High School chum.
It's a mess. A sometimes entertaining though rarely engaging mess that's just too long in the tooth. Ironic, considering how desperately in need of dental work so many of the participants are. Recommended but for a single viewing only, so pay attention as you won't likely sit through this baby again.