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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints (2006) The gods of cool appear to have kissed Dito Montiel's fingertips. First a street punk, then a downtown N.Y. hipster and musician, then a Sundance… 2006-09-29 R PT104M Drama Mystery and Thriller Rosario Dawson Robert Downey Jr. Shia LaBeouf Chazz Palminteri Eric Roberts Channing Tatum Dianne Wiest First Look
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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints (2006)

MPAA Rating: R

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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints | KID OF QUEENS LaBeouf plays future hipster Montiel as a young man coming of age across the river from Manhattan in the autobiographical Saints
Image credit: Guide to Recognizing Your Saints: Walter Thompson
KID OF QUEENS LaBeouf plays future hipster Montiel as a young man coming of age across the river from Manhattan in the autobiographical Saints
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Sep 29, 2006; Rated: R; Length: 104 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Rosario Dawson, Robert Downey Jr. and Shia LaBeouf; Distributor: First Look

The gods of cool appear to have kissed Dito Montiel's fingertips. First a street punk, then a downtown N.Y. hipster and musician, then a Sundance cat — now the first-time director has adapted A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, his memoir about growing up in ungentrified 1980s Queens, into something kinda fictional, kinda loose, and made a damn interesting piece. He also got Robert Downey Jr. to star as the grown-up ''Dito Montiel'' and the lavishly talented Shia LaBeouf to play young Dito. This gallantly imperfect indie pops with attitude.

Originally posted Sep 27, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints