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Mean Streets with spray paint,
This review is from: Quality Of Life  [DVD] (DVD)
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Quality of Life is another indie in the Mean Streets mould, updated for the street graffiti generation, with Lane Garrison starting to outgrow his friend Brian Burnham's arrested adolescence and look for something more in life. As such there are no real surprises or insights, though it is better than it sounds even if you have seen it all before. The film briefly raises the notion that graffiti is a way for the poor to be heard, but it never really explores the pros and cons of it as a form of cultural expression or an act of vandalism, and it doesn't help that the tags are so depressingly ugly and unimaginative. Yet the film holds the attention for its 84 minutes thanks to some good performances even if it never manages to be as moving or insightful as it aspires to be.
Shot on video there are sporadic problems with the transfer but the raw look for once suits this particular material, and the DVD comes with a surprisingly good selection of extras for a no-budget film - commentary, deleted scenes and making of featurette.