Off the Hook available on February 29 2016 from Amazon for 4.75
UPC bar code 720917534428 ξ1 registered February 29 2016
Product category is Outdoor
Manufacturered by Fox Lorber
Product weight is 0.22 lbs.
Off the Hook is the powerful true story of two aspiring rappers from the South Bronx who try to balance the conflicting demands of friendship, responsibility and ambition. Walter is the positive one, Lorenzo the negative. Adam Watstein's debut, Off the Hook, has been compared to Mean Streets and Hoop Dreams, which also revolve around yin and yang characters. The former was fiction and the latter nonfiction, but this low-budget ode to life in the South Bronx 1990s blurs the line between the two. Walter Velasquez, who plays himself (a college student who coaches baseball on the side), based the story on his hip-hop partnership POS-NEG with drug dealer Lorenzo Lewis (Jamal Mackey). Walter's girlfriend, Narine (Pamela Johnson), is Lorenzo's sister (Walter and Narine's real-life son, Deion, has a cameo). Anthony Young, their community-activist mentor, coproduced with Velasquez and also plays himself. Off the Hook is grittier than most of its bigger-budget counterparts, but Watstein does an admirable job at rising above the cliché inherent in the oft-told tale of a good guy and his not-all-bad-guy buddy. --Kathleen C. Fennessy