The third feature, following STREET STORY and THE BRONX WAR, by New York-based filmmaker Joseph B. Vasquez, HANGIN' WITH THE HOMEBOYS is a remarkable film, a character study that is by turns funny, biting and melancholy.
Tom (Mario Joyner), Willie (Doug E. Doug), Johnny (John Leguizamo) and Vinnie (Nestor Serrano) are buddies--two black, two Puerto Rican--who grew up together in the Bronx. Though their lives have developed along very different lines, they remain friends. Tom is an aspiring actor, though he's
selling magazine subscriptions to pay the rent. Johnny works in a supermarket; he's been encouraged to go to college, but he's afraid to take the first step...