Rapp's film has compelling characters and a very moving (if predictable) finale. But those characters are thrown together in situations so absurd as to defy belief.
Froggy, 17 , is picked up after a night of stripping by Bayliss (Sparks), who is twice her age, homeless and obviously deep into a substance-abuse problem. Bayliss meets and is helped by another stranger, the very concerned Murl (Michael Shannon, always good). Why would Murl drag this junkie to his friendly poker game, help him find a job?
Hey, it's 1995. New York was safer then, New Yorkers were nicer, more trusting of perfect strangers with drug problems. And green filmmakers love their poker game and strip club scenes.
Screening at: Sunday, March 30, 4:45 p.m.–6:25 p.m. at Regal; Tuesday, April 1, 9 p.m.–11 p.m. at Regal