Dito Montiel’s autobiographical drama recounts his growing up in Astoria, New York with wayward friends, grim prospects and a bitter relationship with his father. Boasting an impressive cast that includes Shia LaBoeuf, Channing Tatum, Robert Downey Jr, Chaz Palminteri, Dianne Wiest, Rosario Dawson and Martin “Line Of Duty” Compston, there’s a freewheeling, gut punching, spitting anger looseness to how things play out, giving the impression that a fair amount of improvisation was involved. On an emotional level, that works well but in terms of the script it results in a number of scenes sounding incoherent, mumbling and a little repetitious. But the scenes that do work, do so with intensity. LaBoeuf and Tatum in particular are excellent but Dawson almost steals the film from them in a stunning scene toward the end. Perhaps too personal for it to be relatable but a strong drama nonetheless.