Gridlock'd (1997) - Rotten Tomatoes


Gridlock'd (1997)



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This gritty urban comedy focuses on three heroin addicts, one of whom must be rushed to a hospital after an overdose. As the condition of Cookie remains to be foretold, the other two try desperately to get into a rehabilitation clinic but face a never-ending wall of red tape.

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Tim Roth
as Stretch
Charles Fleischer
as Mr. Woodson
Howard Hesseman
as Blind Man
Tom Wright
as Koolaid
Tom Towles
as D-Reper's Henchman
James Shanta
as Patrolman No. 1
Jim O'Malley
as Patrolman No. 2
Mik Scriba
as Officer No. 1
Lucy Liu
as Cee-Cee
Richmond Arquette
as resident doctor
Billie Neal
as Medicaid Woman No.1
Debra Wilson
as Medicaid Woman No. 2
Elizabeth Peña
as Admissions Person
Elizabth Anne Dickinson
as admissions Perons
Joey Dente
as vendor
Darryl Jones
as panhandler
Jasen Govine
as Medicaid Security Guard
Jasen Covine
as medical sectetary
Tim Truby
as man with directions
Venessia Valentino
as woman in ER
Ron Cummins
as man in ER
Bradley Jordan Spencer
as Paramedic No. 1
Rory J. Shoaf
as Paramedic No. 2
Tracy Vilar
as screaming woman
Roslyn McKinney
as female clerk
Roderick Garr
as Welfare Security Guard
Roderick Carr
as welfare security guard
William Long Jr.
as right wing TV show host
Mark Ericson
as Bill the Anchorman
Mark Ericsom
as Bill, anchor man
Tonia Rowe
as Woman on TV
Lynn Blades
as Alexia Cruz
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Critic Reviews for Gridlock'd

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (13)

An engaging look at a mangy day in the lives of two junkies trying to kick, Gridlock'd would have been a good mid-level B.O. performer even without the interest surrounding it, due to the recent death of co-star Tupac Shakur.

May 2, 2008

The film has a fairly uninteresting narrative motor in its thriller subplot, but hits on an edgy black comic tone for Stretch and Spoon's increasingly pained dealings with the unsympathetic representatives of authority.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The late Shakur is especially impressive as the brighter of the duo -- a frazzled but infinitely patient character with a touching faith that somehow, if the pair just keeps plugging away, everything will turn out okay.

June 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The film seems so fresh it's almost possible to forget that it is a fraud in its description of the culture of hard drugs.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The movie's appeal lies largely in its capacity for surprise, riffing off tired characters and pooped genres to produce, intermittently at least, a fresh new tone. Call it junkie humour.

April 12, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cast against type as the gentler of two musician junkies trying to burrow through the bureaucracy to enter a rehab clinic in Detroit, Shakur has the relaxed screen presence of a young Wesley Snipes and plays perfectly off the delirious Tim Roth.

February 14, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gridlock'd

I found this quite a bleak depressing film with moments of humour, true its a dark comedy and a satirical look at the bureaucracy and needless paperwork that I'm sure most countries have but there isn't really anything upbeat about it. Not that there is suppose to be I'm sure, a film about junkies trying to get into rehab or just looking for some help but only to come face to face with weeks of waiting and forms, enough to make anyone shoot themselves. Its a decent film but not as good as it was made out to be in my opinion, Roth is simply his whiny foul mouthed annoying self but Shakur does a little better actually showing some emotion for once, Newton is just cute as a button but with little to do. I think the sub plot about getting involved in a murder case and having drug dealers on their tail kinda spoils the dark realistic comedy of their rehab mission, kinda makes it too daft and more Hollywood if you ask me. Definite cult and Shakur's last film.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

I love this movie, its extremely entertainly. Its a laugh a minute and you can just fall in love with all the characters! Tupak and Roth are fantastic and have great chemistry and Newton is also brilliant. Its a highly enjoyable and funny movie that is a must to watch!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

an excellent film about friendship and the abuses of heroin. tupac puts forth probably the one truly noteworthy performance of his acting career and tim roth is brilliant as always. underrated in that this film has been so largely ignored over the years, definitely worth a watch.

danny d
danny d

Super Reviewer

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