January 18th 2013
  • Drama,
  • R,
  • 94 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Meagan Good, Lonette McKee, Michael Kenneth Williams, Russell Hornsby, Chris Clanton, Grover Coulson, Telisha L. Davis, Nikki Estridge, Anwan Glover, Tracey Heggins, Kylie Hughes, Nayab Hussain, Marz Lovejoy, Sammi Rotibi, Louis Stancil
  • Director: Sheldon Candis
  • Writers: Sheldon Candis, Justin Wilson
  • Producers: Sean Banks, Jason Michael Berman , Gordon Bijelonic, Common, Derek Dudle, W. Michael Jenson, Joel Newton, Datari Turner
  • Co Producers: Eric Bannat, Kwesi Collisson, Caroline Connor, Frank Mele, Edward Parks
  • Associate Producers: Lindsay Fellows, Mollie A. Gallagher, Dawn Manning, Rodney Wilkins
  • Executive Producers: Michael Finley, Thomas B. Fore, Robert W. Hobson, Dwayne Robinson, Steven Saxton, Mary Vernieu
  • Art Direction: Illya Radysh
  • Castings: Lindsay Graham, Mary Vernieu
  • Costume Design: Amela Baksic
  • D.O.P.: Gavin Kelly
  • Editor: Jeff Wishengrad
  • Makeup: Diane Hammond
  • Music: Nuno Malo
  • Production Design: A.R. Brook Lynn
  • Set Decoration: Liza Grant


An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr.

With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future.

One day, instead of dropping Woody off at school, Vincent decides to give the boy a tutorial on how a man gets things done. After a trip to a tailor to get Woody a custom-fitted suit, the pair heads to the bank to sign off on the loan Vincent needs to fulfill his dreams. But when his meeting with a bank officer puts the brakes on his plans, Vincent has no one to turn to for help but his former associates, including Baltimore crime boss Mr. Fish (Dennis Haysbert) and his brother Arthur (Danny Glover). A day that begins with a parking- lot driving lesson and Woody’s first oyster takes a desperate turn when Fish insists Vincent run one more drug deal to demonstrate his loyalty. Soon Vincent finds himself pulled back into the violent world he is trying to escape—and Woody has to decide whether to follow his hero…or become his own man.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Baltimore, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Violence, language, child endangerment and some drug content
  • Production Companies: Films 5, Datari Turner Films, Hollywood Studios International, Rival Pictures, Stony Island Films, Taggart Productions, TideRock Films, Zhi Media

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2013 Guide Analysis: "One of the first limited releases of 2013, coming a full year after its Sundance 2012 premiere, is this coming of age indie drama set across the space of one day. With a mother in rehab and father out of the picture, a young 11-year-old Baltimore boy (Michael Rainey Jr.) is reunited with his charismatic and recently released from prison Uncle Vincent (Common) who wants to open a high-end crab shack. Taking the kid with him as he tries to get a bank loan, Vincent ends up having to turn to his former associates and do one more drug deal to demonstrate his loyalty. Reviews have been alright, with most praising Common's performance. It is, however, very much a niche film with a distinctly limited appeal."

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