Joe The King
When the deck's stacked against you, it pays to keep a few aces up your sleeve. Actor Frank Whaley (Swimming With Sharks) makes his writing/directing debut with his unflinching, loosely autobiographical look at Joe Henry (Noah Fleiss), a sensitive but tough working class kid who struggles valiantly to survive the colossal road blocks fate has placed in his path. The star-studded cast features Val Kilmer as Joe's drunken, abusive father, John Leguizamo as a cynical busboy at the local greasy spoon, Karen Young as Joe's burnt out mom and Ethan Hawke as his inept guidance counsler. With shattering honesty and unforgettable characters, Joe The King will command a permanent place in your heart.