Nick Thurston, Leslie Murphy
Nick Thurston, Leslie Murphy

U.S.A., 2010; John Gray
Don't let the title throw you. White Irish Drinkers isn't a study of alcoholics (well, there's one) but an honorable and sympathetic addition to several durable subgenres: the coming-of-age story, the ethnic neighborhood crime chronicle, and the nuclear family saga. Nick Thurston gives an appealing performance as a post–high-schooler in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, torn between abetting his petty-criminal brother or busting out to pursue his gifts as an artist, gifts he's mostly concealed. Cast mates include Stephen Lang and Karen Allen as the parents and Peter Riegert as an avuncular moviehouse operator. Writer-director John Gray's old neighborhood plays itself. —RTJ

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