Written by three-time Emmy winner Terence Winter (The Sopranos), Brooklyn
Rules is a powerful story of loyalty, friendship, and sacrifice. Set in Brooklyn circa 1985
against the backdrop of John Gotti’s rise to power, the film revolves around three lifelong
friends whose different ambitions threaten to shake their enduring bond.
Michael (FREDDIE PRINZE JR.), the narrator, is a lovable charmer with the soul
of a con man who successfully scams his way into the pre-law program at Columbia
University. In contrast to Michael’s desire to leave the Brooklyn streets behind, his
close friend Carmine (SCOTT CAAN), a handsome lady-killer enamored by the Mafia
lifestyle, wants nothing more than to stay there. Rounding out the trio is Bobby
(Entourage’s JERRY FERRARA), an endearing cheapskate who longs for a simple life
of working at the Post Office and settling down with his fiancée.
While at Columbia, Michael falls for a beautiful young student named Ellen
(MENA SUVARI), a society girl whom he initially wins over with his preppy schoolboy
cover. As their relationship blossoms, leaving the streets behind seems increasingly
possible, but when Carmine catches the eye of Caesar (ALEC BALDWIN), a feared
mobster who controls their Brooklyn neighborhood, Michael and Bobby are drawn into
that world despite their reluctance to get involved.
Brooklyn Rules comes down to the choices faced by three young men when the right path
is not always the easiest to follow, and when being a loyal friend can mean making the
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