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Film looks at city life after high school

April 04, 2006|by STEPHEN BARBER

"ATL" is a coming-of-age movie that takes place in Atlanta, hence the name ATL. I came to this movie with a lot of preconceived notions that it wasn't going to be very good. Surprisingly, my mind was changed.

"ATL" has decent acting with witty dialogue. The sets are also very well done. I really feel as if I see what the 'hood in Atlanta would be like.

The aspect I like the best was the artistic way the director, Chris Robinson, uses creative camera work to show the different settings of the movie. The beginning sequence, which takes the viewer to different locations in Atlanta, is particularly cool.

I find the plot a little confusing to begin with, but eventually it all comes together. Rashad, played by Tip Harris (T.I.), is a 17-year-old who is forced to become the man of the house when his parents die. In the movie, he struggles to keep his brother, Ant, played by Evan Ross, out of trouble. Ant gets embroiled with a drug dealer despite his brother's best efforts.

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There are a lot of subplots in the movie including a love affair with New-New, played by the very hot Lauren London. It can be difficult to keep track of everything going on but everything shapes up quite nicely in the end.

Music is a big part of the film with the leads, T.I. and Big Boi, performing. If you are a rap fan then you will really enjoy this film.

I think most kids would enjoy this movie, but rap fans and people who are interested in ghetto culture will particularly like it.

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