Urban Poet | Chicago Reader

Urban Poet

This amateurish digital video is supposed to be a gritty drama from the streets of Humboldt Park, but its most authentic moment is an establishing shot of a construction worker pouring cement. Gloricelly Martinez-Franceschi, who cowrote the script, stars as a young Puerto Rican woman who blossoms after getting involved in poetry slams at a local cafe. Her best friend, an aspiring musician, gets taken in by a smooth-talking record producer, and her hardworking boyfriend is caught between his union-busting boss and his angry coworkers, but both these subplots are aborted to make way for a climactic 30-minute poetry showdown whose outcome is numbingly predictable. Antonio Franceschi directed. 98 min.

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