This movie was very hard to watch. From the start, you know these young boys are cursed. I mean, I grew up in a household headed by an alcoholic parent, but we had a stable house, enough to eat, decent clothes, and people who cared about us. These people, on the other hand, have nothing. The boys are virtually abandoned by their folks and left to fend for themselves. Lex watches out for his younger brother the best way he can. Upon meeting the crooked cop (terrifyingly played by Scott Cohen, in a convincing and shocking departure from the more romantic lead types of roles he usually plays), the boys learn that there is no justice for the likes of them, and they are forever frozen as the strong, self-sacrificing older brother and the weak one who needs protection from the evils of the world. Older brother Lex, unfairly labeled a bad seed at a tender young age, never quite recovers, and never gets a fair break. And yet, even to the end, at his worst moment, Lex reaches out to protect his tender little brother one last time. It's tragic and sad, and it really makes you appreciate your own life and how good you've had it all along, even on your own worst days. See it when you need some perspective on your own miserable life... you'll feel a lot better afterwards.