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With: Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Foster, Sharon Stone, Dominique Swain, Fernando Vargas, Lukas Haas, Amanda Seyfried, Bruce Willis, Harry Dean Stanton, Vincent Kartheiser, Alex Solowitz, Alec Vigil, Frank Cassavetes, Olivia Wilde, Heather Wahlquist, Xan Cassavetes, Nancy De Mayo, Alex Kingston, Charity Shea, Amber Heard
Written by: Nick Cassavetes
Directed by: Nick Cassavetes
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive drug use and language, strong violence, sexuality and nudity
Running Time: 117
Date: 01/27/2006

Alpha Dog (2007)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

'Dog' Frays

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Director Nick Cassavetes dimly channels his father John with this rambling crime drama, based on real events. When a crazed party animal (Ben Foster) fails to pay his debts, a small-time drug lord (Emile Hirsch), kidnaps his brother (Anton Yelchin). The catch is that the young teen begins to enjoy the party life with its endless supply of pot and girls. Cassavetes directs a huge cast of pretty, fresh-faced actors (notably a not-bad Justin Timberlake) as well as a few hammy veterans (Bruce Willis, Sharon Stone, Harry Dean Stanton), allowing for sporadic and bizarre character invention. It's no The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, and its final section chucks freedom in favor of formula, but it has moments of genuinely kooky energy. Alpha Dog

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