Monument Ave.

on September 25, 1998 by Susan Green
   In yet another peek at Boston's blue-collar Irish population, director Ted Demme brings together a solid cast to perform some inconsequential and predictable material.
   Bob (Denis Leary) snorts copious amounts of cocaine with his cousin from Dublin (Jason Barry) and his pal Mouse (Ian Hart), as the trio ruminates on the anatomical attributes of famous movie stars. When a local crime boss (Colm Meaney) orders a hit on another of Bob's cousins (Billy Crudup) for squealing while in prison, retaliation saturates the neighborhood with blood.
   Mike Armstrong's script reaches for an unsuccessful blend of Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. In this vision of Charlestown, the men are all petty crooks and the women either barflies or saintly, grieving mothers.    Starring Denis Leary and Ian Hart. Directed by Ted Demme. Written by Mike Armstrong. Produced by Ted Demme, Joel Stillerman, Jim Serpico, Nicolas Clermont and E. Samaha. A Lions Gate release. Drama. Not yet rated. Running time: 94 min.
Tags: Denis Leary, Ian Hart, Directed by Ted Demme, Written by Mike Armstrong, Produced by Ted Demme, Joel Stillerman, Jim Serpico, Nicolas Clermont, E. Samaha, A Lions Gate release, Drama, blue-collar, Irish, prison, blood

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