- 1 hr 45 min
The film ATL centers around the main character named Rashad, who is played by rap superstar TI. The movie is also narrated by the main character too. The film is laid back and also has a bit of drama in it as well. Rashad is a character in the movie that has some real elements going on in his life to be emotional about. In the narration of Rashad the audience is able to learn about some of the other players in the movie such as Esquire. He is a character in the movie that attends a private school, he has a job at the country club, and is in the process of getting a scholarship from Ivy League school. He is one of the stand out characters from the group. Rashad has brother named Ant who is involved in drug distribution in the local area. Ant eventually gets into trouble and ends u going to jail, and having financial problems. As part of their weekly ritual, the gang of boys get together every Sunday night and hang out at the local skating ring. They skate against groups of other boys for bragging rights as to who has the best skating moves in the city. This is also the place where some of them meet their love interest, mainly Rashad. One thing to remember is that Rashad and his brother are orphans who live with an uncle that is not to fond of them. So they use the skating ring as a place to hang out with their friends, forget out their financial woes, and get the groove on and have a little fun. Rashad has a brother he is trying to keep out of the drug business, he has three friends that are pulling him into different directions of life, and his love interest New-New is acting like she's from the same neighborhood as everybody else so she can fit in with the crowd. She is from an upper class family and tries to hide it, because she is scared the local kids will not accept her. ATL is a first film for most of the cast, and gave many of the actors their acting debut. It is directed by Chris Robinson and he used a lot of different agents and shots to bring the movie to life and make you feel the characters experiences a lot better.