They're Just My Friends (2006)




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A cruiserweight boxing champion in the process of training to become pro finds his interracial romance fanning the flames of hate and offering a newfound sense of clarity in a semi-autobiographical drama directed by Attika Torrence and starring real-life boxing sensation Punchin' Pat Nwamu. In the wake of his father's death, Pat begins to align himself with a local group of Italian-American gangsters while attempting to establish a concrete sense of community. Though Pat shows great promise in the boxing ring, his future career is suddenly thrown into question when he enters into an ill-advised relationship with neighborhood girl Gina (Rue Debona). The Guido Boys are a racist, Howard Beach neighborhood street gang who don't take kindly to interracial relationships, and before long Pat is locked up in the local jail. Though he may have taken a beating or two during the course of his career, Pat definitely has the brains to match his brawn, and after getting a second chance at life on the outside thanks to his physical talents and connections with local Lodge member and sympathetic father figure Frank Gibbs (Bruce Altman), this determined athlete is finally prepared to re-evaluate his questionable friendships and start from scratch no matter how bumpy the road that lies ahead.
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Bruce Altman
as Frank Gibbs
as Captain Taimak
Lord Jamar
as Light
Matthew Jay
as Guido Boy
Al Snow
as Big Al
Malik Yoba
as Pat Black Sr.
Phil Cabasino
as BC Boy
Louis Vanaria
as Anthony
Michael Easton
as Detective McCarthy
John Bianco
as Vinny
Patrick Nwamu Jr.
as Punchin' Pat Black
Rue Debona
as Gina
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Critic Reviews for They're Just My Friends

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

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September 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A film to stand alongside the best of Ed Wood.

September 22, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

For such a poorly made autobiopic to earn a theatrical release, Nwamu must have some friends in high places.

September 19, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

Directed by Attika J. Torrence with the finesse of a home movie, and seemingly lit by flashlight.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Film Journal International

This ludicrously overstuffed and overlong drama throws together bits and pieces from boxing pictures, biker flicks, mob thrillers and interracial romances, stitching them together, like Frankenstein's monster.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
TV Guide

So incompetent it should be used by film schools as a manual on how not to make a movie.

Full Review… | September 21, 2006
Slant Magazine

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