A vivid telling of a familiar story — the rise and fall of a street criminal — bolstered by exceptional performances and a clear-eyed take on the economics of dealing and the pathology of ghetto fabulousness. Harlem, 1986. Local drug dealers Ace (Wood Harris), Mitch (Mekhi Phifer) and Rico (rapper Cam'ron) are shooting the breeze when Ace gets a call: His girlfriend, Keisha (Regina Hall), is having their baby. En route to the hospital, he's ambushed, shot and beaten within an inch of his life, and while lying semi-conscious on an emergency room gurney, Ace relives the whirlwind events of the past year. Though dealing is a fact of Harlem life, Ace steers clear, sweati...