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  • Summary: A compelling coming-of-age story set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Jersey City, NJ. The film examines the funny and touching relationship between a young Puerto Rican man and an immigrant pawnbroker. (Pawnshop Pictures LLC)
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  1. 70
    Straight off the streets of Jersey City, writer-director Michael Tolajian’s affable debut charms with its scruffy characters and nuanced multiculturalism.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    70
    The story wraps a little too neatly and backs away from some of its darker impulses but is finally a sweet-natured tale of male rituals and cultural adaptation in urban America.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    50
    Romantic entanglements are among the more cliched elements of the script, which nicely captures the rhythms of quiet, small-town lives but taxes credibility in several key scenes.

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