I went to go see the much anticipated independant film LUV yesterday; a story of a boy, Woody (newcomer Michael Rainey Jr) living with his grandmother in the Baltimore suburbs whose life takes a dramatic turn when his Uncle Vincent (Common), an ex-convict who is trying to get his life together, takes him under his wing for a day. It all starts off well as Vincent gives him pointers on how to dress, get girls, and make legitimate business transactions; although the day takes a turn for the worse as Vincent's past catches up with him. The story unfolds as Vincent, a loving but misguided mentor, continues to impose on Woody his corrupt view of what it takes to be a man.
I'm not going to spoil the movie for you but I'll tell you this: We can pretty much gurarantee that we'll be seeing more of Michael Rainey Jr in the future. An impressive, emotionally gripping performance by such a young actor. Also much props to first time director Sheldon Candis.
Also, Did I mention that Common is wearing a suit the whole time? Go see this movie...now.
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