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Gridlock'd

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Jazz musicians, and heroin addicts: Spoon and Stretch decide to get clean after their friend and bandmate Cookie overdoses when she tries heroin for the first time. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being chased by drug dealers and the police.
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Chicago Sun-Times
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January 01, 2000

This is grim material, but surprisingly entertaining, and it is more cause to mourn the recent death of Shakur, who gives his best performance as Spoon, a musician who wants to get off drugs.
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Film4
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May 02, 2008

A dark, effective satire about drug addiction that offers laughs as well as savage criticism of the US approach to dealing with users.
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Austin Chronicle
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June 05, 2005

The late Shakur is especially impressive as the brighter of the duo -- a frazzled but infinitely patient character with a touching faith that somehow, if the pair just keeps plugging away, everything will turn out okay.
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Reeling Reviews
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May 02, 2008

While not entirely successful, there's enough humor and humanism amid gritty urban locations to recommend Gridlock'd.
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Los Angeles Times
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February 14, 2001

Cast against type as the gentler of two musician junkies trying to burrow through the bureaucracy to enter a rehab clinic in Detroit, Shakur has the relaxed screen presence of a young Wesley Snipes and plays perfectly off the delirious Tim Roth.
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Time Out
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February 09, 2006

The film has a fairly uninteresting narrative motor in its thriller subplot, but hits on an edgy black comic tone for Stretch and Spoon's increasingly pained dealings with the unsympathetic representatives of authority.
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Aisle Seat

September 01, 2003

A very underrated film that is also very truthful
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San Francisco Chronicle
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June 18, 2002

The film seems so fresh it's almost possible to forget that it is a fraud in its description of the culture of hard drugs.
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Cincinnati Enquirer
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October 17, 2002

Written and directed by actor Vondie Curtis Hall, the film blends savvy and sour-mash humor with bone-deep sadness that recalls predecessors as varied as After Hours and Trainspotting.
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Globe and Mail
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April 12, 2002

The movie's appeal lies largely in its capacity for surprise, riffing off tired characters and pooped genres to produce, intermittently at least, a fresh new tone. Call it junkie humour.
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Variety

May 02, 2008

An engaging look at a mangy day in the lives of two junkies trying to kick, Gridlock'd would have been a good mid-level B.O. performer even without the interest surrounding it, due to the recent death of co-star Tupac Shakur.
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