Promotional poster for Brooklyn Rules
|Directed by||Michael Corrente|
|Produced by||Stewart F. Lane
|Written by||Terence Winter|
Freddie Prinze Jr.
|Music by||Benny Rietveld|
Brooklyn Rules is a 2007 American crime drama film starring Alec Baldwin, Scott Caan, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jerry Ferrara, and Mena Suvari. The film was directed by Michael Corrente and written by Terence Winter.
In 1985 Michael (Freddie Prinze Jr.), the narrator, is a lovable charmer with the soul of a con man who successfully scams his way into the pre-law program at Columbia University. In contrast to Michael's desire to leave the Brooklyn streets behind, his close friend Carmine (Scott Caan) is a handsome lady-killer who is enamored of the Mafia lifestyle and wants only to stay there. Rounding out the trio is Bobby (Jerry Ferrara), an endearing cheapskate who longs for a simple life of working at the Post Office and settling down with his fiancée. While at Columbia, Michael falls for a beautiful young student named Ellen (Mena Suvari), a society girl whom he initially wins over with his preppy schoolboy cover. As their relationship blossoms, leaving the streets behind seems increasingly possible, but when Carmine catches the eye of Caesar (Alec Baldwin), a feared Gambino family capo who controls their neighborhood, Michael and Bobby are drawn into that world despite their reluctance to get involved.
- Alec Baldwin as Caesar
- Freddie Prinze Jr. as Michael
- Scott Caan as Carmine
- Jerry Ferrara as Bobby
- Mena Suvari as Ellen
- Monica Keena as Amy
- Annie Golden as Dottie
- Ty Reed as Young Carmine
- Benny Salerno as the Doorman
The film has received mixed reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes tallied 18 positive and 22 negative reviews, resulting in an average rating of 45%. It noted that the movie's "premise is old hat now, but strong performances from Alec Baldwin and the supporting cast are reasons enough to watch." The film received an overall rating of 53 out of 100 from Metacritic, based on 13 reviews.