In Explicit Ills the actor-turned-director Mark Webber juggles four vignettes of addiction and damage in lower-depths Philadelphia. Two of the cast members shine: Lou Taylor Pucci as a drug dealer who finds a new lover and baptizes himself in substance abuse, and Rosario Dawson as a mother trying to care for her asthmatic son with no health insurance. Webber has a knack for bringing out actors at their showiest, but he palms off too much first-draft sketchiness as ”ambiguity.” Who is Pucci’s character apart from his drug habit? We have no clue. B?
Starring: Rosario Dawson; Starring: Francisco Burgos, Martin Cepeda, Paul Dano; Director: Mark Webber; Author: Mark Webber; Release Date Wide: 03/06/2009; Runtime (in minutes): 87; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Peace Arch
Posted March 4 2009 — 12:00 AM EST
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