True second-chance story doesn't come to life onscreen.
A film with a message of inspiration, to be sure, but not much in terms of innovation.
For such a seriously street film, Jamesy Boy has some surprisingly sappy moments. But the redemptive ending, while thin, is genuinely gratifying.
The screenplay by Lane Shadgett and director Trevor White relies far too much on telling rather than showing.
White's decision to shackle his film to a redemptive arc ends up making Burns's story an argument for juvenile imprisonment.