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Liberty Kid Review


Very Good
Many lives were thrown into tumult after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Liberty Kid tells the story of two of them, but they aren't soldiers, tragic widows, or prisoners. Instead, they're simply two high-school dropouts who lose their jobs flipping burgers at a Statue of Liberty snack bar when the monument is closed after 9/11. Soft-spoken Derrick (Al Thompson) and his more excitable best friend Tico (Kareem Savinon) are soon back in their South Williamsburg neighborhood with nothing to do but stand on line for Red Cross cash while they try to figure out what they're going to do next. As for the local employment situation: "Aint no jobs in the 'hood."

Derrick, who's the father of twin toddlers, calls himself a "visionary" and plans to get his GED to get the hell out of Brooklyn and go to college. (He's amused to find two army recruiters waiting to talk to all the test takers as they leave the exam room.) Tico sees a future in small-time drug dealing, and with bills to pay, Derrick reluctantly joins him. In one great scene, the two find themselves dealing at a quintessential Williamsburg hipster loft party. They clearly feel out of their element when surrounded by a bunch of overprivileged and overdressed white kids slumming on their streets.

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Margarita Happy Hour Review


Excellent
"I'm so exhausted all the time... Can't ask my mom for help... You wanna split some nachos?... So I spent my whole friggin' day at Medicaid... Drink up, ladies -- only 15 minutes left of happy hour!"

Five irresponsible late-twentysomething mommies meet at an El Cheapo Mexican restaurant to splurge on $2 Margaritas. What better way to hang on to their last vestige of rebellious slacker spirit? They drink to each other's health or bitch about the state of affairs while their two-year-old babies crawl around under the table having tea parties. It's pretty goddamned cute without being precious or sentimental.

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