Jerky narrative, some scenes were so dark that I couldn't make out what was going on, & the ending leaves you in the air. I found the main character, Frankie, unsympathetic, though he was good-looking.
Personally I didn't find the strange ending others have mentioned. Unlikely spoiler alert, the main character is gay. The subsequent story would be, if he accepts this or surpresses it. I think the lead actor portrays his conflict very well, and the ambiguity is evident. Certainly a good film for anyone interested in LGBT storylines.
The lead in this film is very good, and certainly very good-looking. It helps the film a lot, in that it is quite a bitter pill, especially the latter part. Frankie is a late teen whose father dies early in the film; he is torn about his sexuality but most probably gay. It may not help him that people of both sexes throw themselves at him. On the male side, he seems drawn to older men, and this is very likely where his real identity lies. For some reason, though, he hangs out with three macho boys who are not likely to accept him, and honesty isn't his strong point - or theirs. We see them pickpocketing at the beginning, and later Frankie steals his mother's earrings to pawn - at this point I lost patience with his laconic manner and started to find him irritating. Sadly it gets worse ... However, judged as a realistic portrait, it does quite well, mirroring the messiness of real life. The only weak point, really, is that his mother seems to be an understanding type; there is no feeling that his background is pushing him to be so closeted, only his choice of friends. Set in Brooklyn, it is meant to reflect a fairly poor environment where youngsters don't aspire to much and the drug culture seems to be quite prevalent. The camera style is jumpy, up close, and a bit blurred - it gets the messiness quite well, and shows a funfair pretty well (presumably Coney Island) - however I think a more formal use of the camera and more formalised script, as you get in say Eric Rohmer - makes for a more rewarding film.