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  • Summary: Marybeth is a pre-op transsexual working as a prostitute and living with her lover, Benny, a small time burglar. In spite of their lines of work, they live a somewhat normal life as a married couple. Manny works two jobs: the late shift in an all night bodega surrounded by young junkies,Marybeth is a pre-op transsexual working as a prostitute and living with her lover, Benny, a small time burglar. In spite of their lines of work, they live a somewhat normal life as a married couple. Manny works two jobs: the late shift in an all night bodega surrounded by young junkies, drug dealers and prostitutes, and as a security guard in a Welfare hotel to provide for his family. Willy, ten years old, lives in the Welfare hotel with his sister, mother and her violent boyfriend, begging on the street so he and Susie can buy some fast food to eat. Romeo, a street tough, roams the streets with his gang, terrorizing anyone who comes in his path.
    These four stories come together in a powerful climax of love and salvation, showing that despite the obstacles of life in the inner-city, humanity and hope can still prevail. (Lightning Entertainment)
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. 50
    While Giovinazzo's crude approach undercuts his occasional stab at gravitas, "Cracktown's" cast keeps things in the ballpark of relatable humanity. Best of the lot is Kerry Washington.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    Nowhere near as much fun as its title, playing out like an unusually obtuse episode of "The Wire."
  3. 40
    Life goes far past the boiling point for most of the characters in this hilariously overwrought ghetto soap opera from cult writer-director Buddy Giovinazzo.
  4. For those wearied by cliches about poverty, rote characterizations of minorities and shocks for their own sake, best to avoid "Cracktown."
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