Where God Left His Shoes Poster

Release Date: December 12th, 2008

DVD Release Date: May 26th, 2009

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
Frank Diaz (John Leguizamo), an unemployed boxer, and his family live in a homeless shelter for months when, on Christmas Eve, word comes that an apartment may be available. The catch is that Frank must have a job before the end of the day. So he hits the cold streets of New York, his resentful stepson (David Castro) in tow, to find a job so that his family can have a real home for Christmas morning.

Cast: John Leguizamo, Leonor Varela, David Castro, Samantha Rose, Charles Dumas, Jerry Ferrara, Adriane Lenox, Stephen Payne

Director: Salvatore Stabile

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Vulcan Productions

Distributors: IFC Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Piles the pathos high as if to see how many hard-luck cliches its pugilist hero can fend off without succumbing to schmaltz. Given John Leguizamo's knockout perf, sentimentality never dares raise its head, and the improbably stacked deck from which his character is dealt gives the pic's would-be "neo-realist" premise a peculiar edge. show more

  • Writer-director Salvatore Stabile has a good eye for the details of hard-luck ordinariness, and he sketches believable family bonds with a minimum of flourish. show more

  • The acting, the on-the-fly atmosphere (the film was shot quickly), and Leguizamo's increasingly urgent hustle are deeply evocative, but parts of the movie are almost too painful to endure. show more

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