BROOKLYN RULES: Smile, you're in a badly done Martin Scorsese rip-off.
Michael Corrente’s new film, which chronicles the trials and tribulations of a trio of friends learning life the hard way on the mean streets of Brooklyn, rips off Martin Scorsese with an almost pathological determination and focus. Freddie Prinze Jr. is the kid who made good and found his way to the Ivy League. His lifelong buddy, played by Scott Caan, joins up with the mob, which is controlled, somewhat ludicrously, by Alec Baldwin. There are also references to Catholicism, horribly forced wise-guy street banter, and arguments over whether fear is the same thing as respect. Add on a truly bizarre soundtrack that features both the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil” and Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself” and you have a film that’s both boring and bewildering. Marty should whack this guy with his new shiny Oscar.