Where God Left His Shoes (2007)
Where God Left His Shoes (2007)
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Critic Reviews for Where God Left His Shoes
Writer-director Salvatore Stabile keeps his affecting story hurtling forward with such grit and integrity it's easy to forgive its loaded setup and occasional lapses in detail and logic.
The acting, the on-the-fly atmosphere (the film was shot quickly), and Leguizamo's increasingly urgent hustle are deeply evocative, but parts of the movie are almost too painful to endure.
This film needs more than God's Nikes to resonate with an already economically downtrodden filmgoing populace.
Stabile, a Brooklyn native with a resume in TV production, knows how to line up a permit and scout out perfect South Brooklyn Italian manors and melancholic intersections. He gets interesting scenes, too.
Writer-director Salvatore Stabile has a good eye for the details of hard-luck ordinariness, and he sketches believable family bonds with a minimum of flourish.
Audience Reviews for Where God Left His Shoes
A raw look into the lives of a family in crisis portrayed in a way which is at times contrived, but all-together engaging. The chemistry between Leguizamo (Frank) and Castro (Justin) is the true heartbeat of this film, where the viewer's empathy is well divided. Castro delivers an impeccable performance as the naive, yet street-wise boy navigating alongside his step-father (Leguizamo) through a very adult world in a quest to escape the streets. The remarkable determination of this unlikely pair is both wrenching and heart-warming as, together, the two discover what matters most at the end of the day. Leguizamo delivers a typically solid performance, and the doe-eyed Castro steals more than a few scenes. This is a well constructed film that doesn't pretend to be more than it is. I would highly recommend it.
John Leguizamo and David Castro bring POWER to their roles as father and step-son. I have always enjoyed John Leguizamo's acting, but this role soon John is forgotten and he is Frank Diaz. David Castro turns on the crocodile tears in one seen that marks this kid for great things to come! John and David show they can handle the roles and I hope to see more of both in the future... both should be Oscar bound! The ending is so not Hollywood and it is what makes me love this movie even more!! One review below says it better than I can, "it does not pour on the saccharine", thanks Peter Gula... that is a great way to express this movie.
A depressingly stark drama that tries earnestly to be touching and realistic. It is the story of a family forced to live on the streets of New York City during the holidays (luckily the weather never appears to be too cold) and the hard-working father (John Leguizamo [Moulin Rouge, Empire and Romeo + Juliet]) who tries to get them off of the streets. He is an ex-boxer who now works odd-jobs here and there "off the books" which makes him appear to be un-employed -- it is this that keeps them from being able to apply for permanant housing. Leguizamo does good work in the lead role and the rest of the cast appears to be largely unknown(s). An over-demanding role by Entourage's Jerry Ferrara is pretty weak as he appears to be out of his depth with drama. The role of the family son is played quite well by young actor, David Castro (Bella, 27 Dresses). The movie is slightly inconsistent and the extra-large serving of drama can be a bit much as I think the intention was to make the audience feel guilty as opposed to just feeling bad. There are redeeming parts to the film (family love); but it is pretty gritty and dank.
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