Story: Two rival teen gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, have an ongoing feud in a turf war fought in New York City’s blue-collar, West Side neighborhood, circa 1957. Tony, former co-leader of the Jets, has dropped out of the European-American gang and is concentrating on his job at Doc’s drug store.
Story: It’s the early 1920s, and Rose is determined to make her mark in show business. Not as an entertainer on the vaudeville circuit exactly, but rather as an impresario who knows what’s best for booking agents and small-time venues in the many cities she visits with her two daughters, Dainty June and Louise. Rose pushes her children to extreme limits in her efforts to make the younger of the two, June, a bona fide star.
In this classic American updating of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, two young lovers risk the anger of their respective peer groups by falling in love on New York City’s West Side, circa 1957.
The latest indie release out this week is this quirky coming-of-age film. What makes it quirky, you ask? The people coming-of-age are all grown adults. A 30-something son has to figure out why he sabotages every relationship he is in, and his 75-year-old father needs to adjust to life as a widower—and finally, come out of the closet.