Explicit Ills

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  • Summary: In the harsh streets of Philadelphia, the lives of strangers intersect in a bold and moving semi-autobiographical tale that crosscuts between the many people (adults, teenagers, and children alike) who struggle in the face of poverty, drugs and the human connection. (Peace Arch Entertainment)

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Webber's way with his young cast is as unforced as the movie itself, which easily could have been overwrought and maudlin but is instead oddly affirming.
  2. Webber has a knack for bringing out actors at their showiest, but he palms off too much first-draft sketchiness as ''ambiguity.''
  3. There's a lot of rambling and shambling going on in these overlapping stories, often to the point where Explicit Ills no longer feels like it has a point.
  4. The lack of subtlety indicates that this is a first film, but the passion and insights are strong enough to make you wonder what he'll (Webber) do next.
  5. 60
    A tender ensemble slice of inner-city Philly life.
  6. It's a beautiful message: surely there's no arguing with "Hey, hey, ho, ho, poverty has got to go!" But there is much to argue with, and much to regret, about a film whose director thinks he needs to drop an anvil on our heads when art would suffice.
  7. Undone by a deadly twofer: lack of trust in characterization coupled with single-minded faith in spelled-out messages.

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  1. JayH.
    Jul 9, 2009
    5
    Well acted but the movie is far from exciting and for me it moved along at a snails pace. The Philadelphia setting added nothing to the film. Well acted but the movie is far from exciting and for me it moved along at a snails pace. The Philadelphia setting added nothing to the film. Fair at best. Expand

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