- 1 hr 36 min
Squeeze is an urban drama centered around three young people from the ghetto. These three individuals are attempting to make something better out of their lives all while trying to survive on the streets of Boston. Tyson, Hector and Bao are 14 years old and inseparable. These three friends work at a gas station sweeping the shops while they frequent a youth center. They also run drugs for some of the local gangsters. They are constantly mocked and taunted by the gangsters because they are trying to better themselves. Faced with the outside pressures to do what it takes to survive, and the inward turmoil that pushes them to get out of the situation, leads to the drama that drives the film. While the story progresses through the initial conflict of how to get out of a life that you were born into, the story soon takes a twist when one of the boys’ mother ends up killing herself. This leads each of the boys to choose different roads than they might have if the crisis hadn’t occurred. The story takes on an increased urgency when they are each faced with the despair that comes from living in their current situation. Their greatest test comes from this realization that life is short and not always kind. What they do from there shapes the destiny of each of them. The story is based on the real life accounts of students of the director. Robert Patton-Spruill cast three of his star pupils in the drama and used their own real life stories to flesh out the arc of the film.