R | | Comedy, Drama, Romance
It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter.
The first song in the movie, to which Luke is listening on his headphones, is "The World is Yours", which features the lyrics "I sip the Dom P, watchin' Gandhi till I'm charged." Sir Ben Kingsley won an Oscar for portraying the title character in Gandhi (1982).
It used to be you could lick a sheet of acid, hold up a band, fuck a whore in Times Square without anyone batting an eyelash. Now, one blunt, we're in the clink. This whole city's fucked!
On the "honeymoon" the kids take, Faith Evan's "You Used to Love Me" is heard playing on the boom-box. The story takes place in the summer of 1994, while Evan's single wasn't released until 1995, nearly a year later.
When the Sony Pictures Classics logo appears at the very beginning and at the very end of the film, the word "classics" is erased and replaced with a graffiti rendering of the same word.
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Written by George Agard, Sidney Roy Crooks and Loren Jackson Robinson
Performed by The Pioneers
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
$138,401 (USA) (6 July 2008)
$2,077,116 (USA) (23 October 2008)
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