USA | 2001 | 97 min
Fifteen-year-old Howie loses just about everything and everyone in the space of a single week, but ends up finding himself in the process. His mother has just died. His father, a building contractor, can barely keep tabs on his young girlfriend, let alone his own son. Thusly, the teen must navigate his adolescence virtually unsupervised. Floating towards an ill-behaved existence, Howie and his crowd begin robbing houses in the middle-class neighborhoods off the Long Island Expressway. Together, he and his best friend Gary break into a place belonging to an old guy named Big John, a local man who is a respected pillar of the community. When Big John fingers Gary for the crime, Howie learns that his pal has been leading a secret, dangerous but also alluring double life. Subsequently, we also discover that Big John has secrets of his own.
DIR Michael Cuesta
SCR Stephen M. Ryder, Michael Cuesta, Gerald Cuesta
CAST Paul Franklin Dano, Bruce Altman, Billy Kay, James Costa, Tony Donnelly, Michelle Carano, Tatiana Burgos, Brian Cox, B. Constance Barry, Walter Masterson, Brad Silnutzer, Bob Geradi, Adam LeFevre