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Made in San Francisco with members of the Tenderloin yGroup, an improvistaory acting workshop that includes homeless people, this 2001 video centers on a young man from a rich but shady family who chooses a life of petty crime after hearing rumors that his father had his brother murdered. The actors' riffs provide the best moments, like the pathetically amateurish rap about AIDS a would-be music promoter lays down for the family's uncomprehending patriarch. But the subplot-laden script is too calculated and melodramatic, and director Rob Nilsson's mannered video-effects (frames within frames, color mixed with black and white) work against the documentary feel and the actors' raw sincerity. 97 min.

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