Brooklyn Rules Years after Federal Hill (1994), director Michael Corrente is still doing low-budget Mean Streets knockoffs. Set in 1985, Brooklyn Rules stars Freddie Prinze Jr., pluckier… Brooklyn Rules Years after Federal Hill (1994), director Michael Corrente is still doing low-budget Mean Streets knockoffs. Set in 1985, Brooklyn Rules stars Freddie Prinze Jr., pluckier… 2007-05-18 R PT99M Drama Mystery and Thriller Scott Caan Freddie Prinze Jr. Alec Baldwin City Lights
Movie Review

Brooklyn Rules (2007)

MPAA Rating: R
FAR FROM DE NIRO Prinze Jr. (pictured with Mena Suvari) walks the not-quite- Mean-Streets in the Scorsese-derivative Brooklyn Rules
FAR FROM DE NIRO Prinze Jr. (pictured with Mena Suvari) walks the not-quite-Mean-Streets in the Scorsese-derivative Brooklyn Rules
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: May 18, 2007; Rated: R; Length: 99 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Scott Caan and Freddie Prinze Jr.; Distributor: City Lights

Years after Federal Hill (1994), director Michael Corrente is still doing low-budget Mean Streets knockoffs. Set in 1985, Brooklyn Rules stars Freddie Prinze Jr., pluckier than usual, as a Brooklyn wiseass who must decide if he wants to become an upscale lawyer or spend the rest of his life as a third-rate De Niro impersonation. Entourage's Jerry Ferrara puts a new spin on his baby-faced moxie, and Alec Baldwin, as a Mob boss, seethes. The boys-in-the-Italian-hood clichés were penned by Sopranos scribe Terence Winter, so they have snap, if not freshness. C+

Originally posted May 30, 2007 Published in issue #938 Jun 08, 2007 Order article reprints