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Boogie (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Boogie misses its shot with a contrived plot and uneven tone.

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From acclaimed writer, producer and restaurateur Eddie Huang comes his directorial debut BOOGIE, the coming-of-age story of Alfred "Boogie" Chin, a basketball phenom living in Queens, New York, who dreams of one day playing in the NBA. While his parents pressure him to focus on earning a scholarship to an elite college, Boogie must find a way to navigate a new girlfriend, high school, on-court rivals and the burden of expectation.

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Cast

Taylor Takahashi
as Alfred 'Boogie' Chin
Perry Yung
as Mr. Chin
Mike Moh
as Melvin
Domenick Lombardozzi
as Coach Hawkins
Steve Coulter
as Mr. Richmond
Dave East
as Daymien Valentino
Daymien Valentino
as Street Baller
John Orantes
as Cage Referee
Margaret Odette
as Principal Kodak
Zach Mellado
as Midtown Tech #37
Ed Aristone
as Officer Campos
Edmond Laryea
as Duke Basketball Scout
Roman Perez
as Basketball Player
Tommy Bo
as Terry
Nathaniel Levin
as Basketball Player
Ty Pauley
as David
Anthony Ferrara
as Basketball fan
Samantha Kudler
as High school student
Judith Moy
as High School Student
Jessica Huang
as Fortune Teller
Claire Hsu
as Young Mrs. Chin
Terayle Hill
as Terayle
Ezra Knight
as MLK Coach
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Critic Reviews for Boogie

All Critics (80) | Top Critics (22)

With so much on the line, Boogie just sort of dribbles to nothingness.

March 11, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Writer/director Eddie Huang's flawed feature does have flashes to recommend it, particularly in depicting matters of the heart between Boogie and a no-nonsense Black classmate.

March 11, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I really wanted to like this movie, but honestly it's really tedious.

March 10, 2021 | Full Review…

The story of a Chinese American kid's hoop dreams is hard to enjoy when the depictions of the game are so wrongheaded.

March 8, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Boogie is at times unpolished but it offers a compelling and sympathetic portrayal of the title character and avoids excessive melodrama or a too-facile ending.

March 6, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Whatever desire to get real that the film was born out of, it ultimately feels like a sign that it's time to do some growing up.

March 6, 2021 | Full Review…

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