This exploration of small town life in America is a remarkably heavy debut for the Hawkins brothers.
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place, which premiered at Toronto Film Festival over the weekend, tells the story of Billy Joe – a Texan teen who makes his living working on a cotton farm. The movie is a directors Simon and Zeke Hawkins’ feature debut, a gritty coming-of-age story featuring crime, vengeance and some truly misguided decisions.
Pellegrino gives a career defining performance.
Billy Joe’s friends, Sue and Bobby, are about to leave the dead-end town to attend college, but Billy Joe wants to give them a sendoff to remember with one final bender at Corpus Christi. In order to get the money, he foolishly decides to rob an office safe, belonging to his boss, Giff. Unfortunately, Billy Joe soon learns that Giff is completely cold-blooded and will stop at nothing to get the money back. It turns out the cash belonged to a local gangster, known as Big Red. Backed into a corner, our protagonist is forced to confess to the theft, putting his own life and those of his friends in imminent danger. This then leads him further down a path of crime in an attempt to settle his debt.
Billy Joe is a Texan teen who earns his living on a cotton farm. It's only a matter of weeks before his best friends Sue and Bobby leave the town to attend college but Billy Joe wants to give them one last weekend to remember on a Corpus Christi party bender. Strapped for cash, he foolishly robs a stack of cash from the safe in the office of his ruthless boss Giff, but the next time he sees him, he's beating the almighty hell out of one of the Mexican workers accusing him of being the thief. Billy is forced to come clean, but immediately puts his and his friends' lives at risk. The only thing they can do to save themselves is embark on a reckless mission to rob some local money-launderers in order to pay back the money, because if they don't, they'll have a furious gangster named Big Red to answer to.
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Caffeine follows a series of odd events during the lunch rush at the Black Cat Café, where one disaster after another is served up as the day's "blue plate special." For example, the cook (Callum Blue) is fired by the manager, Rachel (Marsha Thomason), after she finds out he's been unfaithful to her. Rachel has no one else qualified to cook, so she throws the chef's hat to a server named Tom (Mark Pellegrino), who can't even make lasagna from a written recipe. But Rachel has no other choices. Her two other employees, Vanessa (Mena Suvari) and Dylan (Breckin Meyer) spend more time on smoke breaks then they do serving coffee.
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