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Adaptation of writer-director Dito Montiel's gritty memoir about his turbulent adolescence (where he's played by Shia LaBeouf) in Queens, New York, with its street violence, casual sex and drugs, his longing for his dad's (Chazz Palminteri) love, and ultimately his flight from and eventual return to the neighborhood as an adult (Robert Downey Jr.) when the father is gravely ill. The film is a kaleidoscopic jumble of fast edits, zooms and pans conveying the undoubted upheaval in Dito's life, but despite its redemptive message about parent-child reconciliation, the brutal milieu and heavy-duty street patois, however accurate, are extremely rough going. Nonstop rough and crude language and general vulgarity, racial slurs, sexual banter and situations with partial nudity, innuendo, drug use, violence, murder, suicide and much domestic discord. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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