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Small Time (2014)

R | | Drama | 18 April 2014 (USA)
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A young guy decides to skip college in favor of joining his father on the lot of his used-car business.

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Joel Surnow

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Joel Surnow

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Al Klein
Devon Bostick ... Freddy Klein
Dean Norris ... Ash Martini
Bridget Moynahan ... Barbara
Xander Berkeley ... Chick
Ashley Jensen ... Gail
Garcelle Beauvais ... Linda
Amaury Nolasco ... Barlow
Ken Davitian ... Wexler
Gregory Itzin ... Lennie
Kevin Nealon ... Irv
Andrew James Allen ... Jason
Misty Monroe ... Graduation Woman
Barbara Gruen ... Kaye
Fidel Gomez ... Hispanic Man
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A young guy decides to skip college in favor of joining his father on the lot of his used-car business.

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Rated R for some sexual references | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2014 (USA) See more »

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Ничтожный See more »

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Asylum Entertainment See more »
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Trivia

Two of the actors in this film had cameos in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). Christopher Meloni portrayed the clerk at the Flamingo Hotel, and Gregory Itzin portrayed the clerk at the Mint Hotel. See more »

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A boom mic can be seen in the reflection in the glass door when Barb goes to visit Al at his house. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Freddy Klein: This is the story about my father and the summer we spent together many years ago. It was the summer that changed my life.
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Soundtracks

She's About a Mover
Written by Doug Sahm
Performed by Sir Douglas Quintet
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Indie Kept Me Interested
5 June 2014 | by larrys3See all my reviews

It's hard to admit I was somewhat charmed by this indie, when one of the main themes takes place on a used car lot where fast talking salesmen will use every trick-in-the-book to sell you a car. Of course, there's much more to the movie than that, with family dramas and a coming-of-age tale being also a big part of the scenario. To me, it was mostly presented in a laid-back humorous way which appealed to me.

Chris Meloni and Dean Norris are excellent in their starring roles as Al and Ash respectively. They've been partners in Diamond Motors, a used car lot in Covina, California, for the past 16 years.

When Al's son Freddy, portrayed by Devon Bostick, is having his high school graduation ceremony, both Al and Ash attend. There they meet up with Freddy's mother Barb, ably played by the talented and beautiful Bridget Moynahan, who's been divorced from Al for 14 years, and re-married now to the rather obnoxious but very wealthy Chick (Xander Berkeley).

Shortly after his graduation, Freddy tells Al he doesn't want to go to college (Cal Poly), but instead wants to work at Al's car business to gain life experience and even wants to live with his father. This will set off a series of events and consequences which will result in some valuable life's lessons being learned by all.

All in all, I felt this indie sometimes lost its' way, such as very crass scenes of Al and Ash's buddies getting together for lunches, which although realistic seemed out of context to the rest of the film. Aside from that though, the movie, written and directed by Joel Surnow had enough humor and drama to keep me engaged throughout.


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