Strong Island Boys (1997)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama, Teen Movie  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A former Goldman Sachs investment banker, 24-year-old director Mark Schiffer based this semi-autobiographical drama on a past incident when he took a spring break from Yale to visit his Long Island family and wound up the victim of a vicious beating. As scripted by Schiffer, junior-high student Ari (Tommy Michaels) sometimes hangs with local Long Island mischief-makers and beer buddies, a group called the Strong Island Boys. More often, Ari spends his time wrestling and weightlifting. After Ari and his young pal Jeremy (Brett Tabisel) are attacked in the park by ski-masked older teens, Ari's gang plots revenge and launches a search for the other group's black van. As if Ari didn't have enough problems, he spends so much time pumping iron, his girlfriend Tara (Selma Blair) beds his best friend Jason (Tom Lock). Shown at the 1997 Hamptons Film Festival.