Straight Out of Brooklyn


Straight Out of Brooklyn (1991)



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Matty Rich's Straight out of Brooklyn is an unflinching portrait of an African-American family struggling to survive in a Brooklyn housing project. The family's oldest son (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) decides that the easiest way to get his family out of the projects is by robbing a local drug dealer, but that plan turns disastrous when the pusher and his gang track the boy and his family down. Rich was only 19 years old at the time he wrote and directed Straight out of Brooklyn (he also appears as Larry in the film).


Critic Reviews for Straight Out of Brooklyn

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Matty Rich was 19 years old when he made this film, although you wouldn't know it. You'd think he was more like 16 and had watched too much TV.

Jan 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Awfully difficult to watch outside of its 1991 womb, with its limitations cringe-inducing, reducing a powerful statement of frustration to no-budget After School Special.

May 24, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Though amateurish and technically raw, the film offers a fresh insider's view of the disintegration of one black family, serving as a microcosm of the entire inner-city black community

Dec 2, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Probes the struggles to keep hope alive in an inner city ghetto

Jul 20, 2003 | Full Review…

A gritty realistic look at life in the black ghetto.

Aug 12, 2001 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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