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BTDesign Award
Alpha Dog (2006)

Cast: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Anton Yelchin, Ben Foster, Harry Dean Stanton, Fernando Vargas, Olivia Wilde, Dominique Swain, Amanda Seyfried, Alex Solowitz, Alex Kingston, Lukas Haas, Shawn Hatosy, David Thornton, Alan Thicke, Janet Jones Gretzky

Director(s): Nick Cassavetes

Language: English

Genre: Crime / Gangster


A drug dealer moves on to bigger crimes in an effort to settle a score with disastrous results in this drama inspired by actual events. Though barely out of his teens, Johnny Truelove (Emile Hirsch) has already built a lucrative career for himself selling drugs -- he has his own home, a luxury car, and posse of friends who do double duty as his crew, including Elvis (Shawn Hatosy), Frankie (Justin Timberlake), and Tiko (Fernando Vargas). While life at Johnny's house is usually a constant party i... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on August 4, 2012, 9:05 am
Entertaining enough for what it is - a Boyz N Tha Hood wannabe featuring spoiled, white, rich California kids dealing drugs and getting into trouble over unpaid debts.
Big drawback - there are no likeable characters. Everyone's a jerk or a scuzbucket. It's a good cast wasted on a dumb movie. Apparently based on true events (to what accurate degree, I'm not sure), the best part of the film is the middle section, centering on one gang's kidnapping of an enemy's kid brother, and the realization that it was a stupid idea, despite the kid developing Stockholm Syndrome and basically partying hard with his captors. The rest is standard fare. And why make Bruce Willis (in a minimal role) wear another bad toupée? It just looks ridiculous. Sharon Stone (also in a minimal role) has a good scene at the end of the film (in a fat suit, no less), and there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role for Janet Jones Gretzky!
But it mostly centers on the young, privileged thugs who end every sentence with 'bitch', like they were all auditioning for the starring role in an Eminem biopic, and the peer pressure they succumb to, even against all logic ("Help me kidnap this guy, even though if caught, we could go away for life, bitch!" "Ok!")

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