There’s really only one reaction to this movie: Oy! Such a mess! Crime and Punishment, Nature vs. Nurture, the good of society vs. the aid of one troubled soul. . . and a little retarded dirty dancing, to boot. The same insight into complicated issues that Steve James brought to “Hoop Dreams” is on display here — this character portrait is two-and-a-half hours and there isn’t ten seconds that isn’t absolutely fascinating. My favorite moment is the Aryan Nation neighbor explaining how any object – even a wooden board – can be made into a murder weapon. . .all while wearing a Les Miserables T-shirt! The director is a guilty liberal, yes, but he really holds back and allows you to make up your own opinion. The question: when do you just give up on a fuck-up? When do you stop making excuses for him? When do you move on with your own life? I can’t commend this movie enough.
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