Where God Left His Shoes


Where God Left His Shoes

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After months of living in an inner-city homeless shelter, Frank Diaz (John Leguizamo) receives an opportunity to get an apartment for his family on Christmas Eve. When Frank learns that he must first provide proof of employment before taking occupancy, he and his stepson set out to find the job that could become the first step in a whole new life.


Critic Reviews for Where God Left His Shoes

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  • 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.

    Dec 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 15, 2008
  • This film needs more than God's Nikes to resonate with an already economically downtrodden filmgoing populace.

    Dec 10, 2008 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

    Drew Toal

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    Dec 10, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 10, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • This story opens our eyes to the sub-world of heart-breaking homeless shelters, showing the main holiday season as the busiest time.

    Jun 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Where God Left His Shoes

  • Sep 23, 2010
    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.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2010
    A VERY good movie but a lousy ending
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2009
    Such a touching movie. I didn't like the ending, but it had a good story. Leguizamo was awesome, as was the little boy who played his stepson.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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