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"Explicit Ills" follows four inter-connecting stories revolving around love, drugs and poverty in Philadelphia. Babo, an asthma ridden seven-year-old lives with his mother in the badlands of North Philly. His neighbor Demetri transforms himself into a well-read "smart" boy in order to get the girl. Michelle, a well-off art student is quick to fall into a drug-induced love-affair with her dealer Jacob. Kaleef and Jill's marriage is strained as they pursue their dreams of bringing "produce to the people," while their teenage son Heslin focuses on competing in the World's Strongest Man competition.
The good stuff about Mark Webber's Explicit Ills: Although a major theme is urban poverty, his Philadelphia indie manages mostly to dodge film cliches. The boy and his single mom, the enterprising African American couple, the hipster and the art student - they ramble and shamble through some of the city's derelict streets like real people, not (political) cartoons. » Read more
Rfor language and some drug use
Cast:Namaiya Cunningham; Tariq Trotter; Rebecca Comerford; Rosario Dawson; Naomie Harris; Frankie Shaw; Martin Cepeda; Francisco Burgos; Lou Taylor Pucci; Paul Dano
Directed by:Mark Webber
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