Prince of BroadwayNarrative Competition
(USA, 2008, 102 mins)
HD Cam, HD-CAM (23.97)
Directed By: Sean Baker
Writers: Sean Baker, Darren Dean
Producer: Darren Dean
Cinematographer: Sean Baker
Editor: Sean Baker
Cast: Prince Adu, Karren Karaguilian, Aiden Noesi
Lucky rules New York. Well, at least the short strip of sidewalk where he runs a nonstop spiel hustling wary tourists into the back room of a clothing store to sell them all manner of knock-off designer merch. Watching Lucky work his magic, anything seems possible for the Ghanaian immigrant—right up until his ex-girlfriend drops their 2-year-old son in his arms and disappears.
Writer/director Sean Baker (of Greg the Bunny fame) mines much warm-hearted humor from Lucky's struggle to regain his bearings while playing single dad, but Baker has more on his mind than laughs. Packed with amazing performances—including Karren Karagulian as Lucky's boss, who has relationship troubles of his own—Prince of Broadway never shies away from the gravity of the choices its characters face, giving this take on parenting without a net a refreshing heft and depth.
-- Paul Malcolm
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