Charm City Kings


Charm City Kings is a 2020 American drama film, directed by Angel Manuel Soto, from a screenplay by Sherman Payne, and a story by Kirk Sullivan, Chris Boyd, and Barry Jenkins. It stars Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Meek Mill, Will Catlett, Teyonah Parris, Donielle Tremaine Hansley and Kezii Curtis. It is a film adaptation of the documentary 12 O'Clock Boys by Lofty Nathan.
It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020.

Cast

In September 2018, it was announced Jahi Di'Allo Winston, Will Catlett and Teyonah Parris had joined the cast of the film, with Angel Manuel Soto directing from a screenplay by Sherman Payne and a story by Kirk Sullivan, Chris Boyd and Barry Jenkins. Overbrook Entertainment will produce the film, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith serving as executive producers and Sony Pictures Classics distributing, with the film being an adaptation of the documentary 12 O'Clock Boys. In October 2018, Meek Mill joined the cast of the film.
Principal photography began in October 2018.

Release

It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020. It was also scheduled to screen at South by Southwest on March 15, 2020, but the festival was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was scheduled to be released on April 10, 2020, by Sony Pictures Classics, but was rescheduled to August 14, 2020 due to the pandemic. In May 2020, it was announced HBO Max had acquired distribution rights to the film, and will release it digitally later in 2020.

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 88% based on reviews from 17 critics, with an average rating of 7.62/10. At Metacritic, the film received a weighted average score of 63 out of 100 based on 5 reviews from mainstream critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Nick Allen of RogerEbert.com reviewed the film from its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and called it "an incredible triumph from a slew of fresh talent."