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Owen Gleiberman
March 04, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Explicit Ills

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
87 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/06/09
performer
Rosario Dawson, Francisco Burgos, Martin Cepeda, Paul Dano
director
Mark Webber
distributor
Peace Arch
author
Mark Webber

We gave it a C

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?

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