Don’t Rescue Me: ‘Monument Ave.’ (1998)
Stars Denis Leary as a prototypical late-1980s son of Charlestown: a car-boosting, coke-snorting layabout happy to rip off the encroaching yuppies but less happy to hew to the neighborhood code of silence when a local kingpin (Colm Meaney) kills his loose-lipped cousin (Billy Crudup). “The Town” notwithstanding, this movie gets Charlestown right. On accents, any movie with the line “Jackie’s gat a sweet dealahship jab up in Sahgus” is doing fine ... Alone among Boston movies, Monument acknowledges our town’s unscalable racial divide in the scene in which Leary and his buddies terrify a black man who’s made the mistake of wandering into the wrong neighborhood.
Pictured, Denis Leary as Bobby O’Grady and Famke Janssen as Katy.