Dito Montiel, a successful author, receives a call from his long-suffering mother, asking him to return home and visit his ailing father. There he finds redemption by facing the 'saints' who have influenced his life.
Montiel's honey coated Queens of the mid-'80s is rich with the violence and carnality of teenagers, and the performances of LaBeouf (as the young Dito) and Channing Tatum (as his Stanley Kowalski-like grunt friend, Antonio) are raw pleasures.
February 28, 2007
The plot itself might not break much new ground, but the telling, by both cast and crew, makes this a memoir to remember.
It positively crackles with energy, featuring startlingly raw performances from a cast that also includes Shia LaBeouf as the young Dito. And if it looks ragged around the edges, that's as it should be.