Who plays Stro from Charm City Kings? Set in Baltimore, the HBO Max release is the latest film from multi award-winning director Angel Manuel Soto. Executive produced by Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, Charm City delves deep into Baltimore’s dirt biking subculture.
Centred on 14-year-old Mouse, Charm City Kings brings a fictionalised, cinematic lens to Baltimore’s dirt bike-riding subculture. Mouse desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, one of the more infamous dirt bike gangs. But before he can even think about joining, he needs a bike. Fortunately, his streetwise brother Stro is on hand to point him in the right direction.
Charm City Kings premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 27 January 2020. Overall it has received positive reviews, with some stand-out words of praise.
Nick Allen, of popular review website RobertEbert.com, called the film “an incredible triumph from a slew of fresh talent”.
Writing for The Playlist, Robert Daniels described the film as an “outstanding, unabashedly black coming of age tale made one mile of road at a time”.
Who plays Stro in Charm City Kings?
Mouse’s brother Stro is depicted by TyQuan Ford, most commonly known as “Pug”. Well nestled in Baltimore’s dirt bike-riding community, Pug is well placed as Mouse’s savvy brother.
Pug previously appeared in 12 O’Clock Boys (2013), a documentary that explores life on a combative West Baltimore block. In the film, Pug finds solace in a group of illegal dirt bike riders known as the 12 O’Clock Boys.
The group is named after one of their more extreme and distinctive stunts. While riding their dirt bikes, the members perform an enhanced wheelie, during which the front and rear wheels form a perpendicular line with the road. In other words, the bike is completely vertical, like the hands of a clock reading 12 o’clock.
Where to watch: Is it on Netflix?
Charm City Kings is available to stream on HBO Max. While it isn’t available to watch on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, there are a slew of comparable films you can watch on those platforms instead.
For example, Barry Jenkins’ (incidentally, part of the writing team behind Charm City) triumph of black cinema Moonlight (2016) is on both Netflix and Amazon Prime.
If you’re not a subscriber to any of the above platforms, hold tight. It may only be the biggest and most successful festival films that make it into multiplexes. However, many successful festival films often do the rounds in smaller, independent cinemas.
Keep up to date with your local independent cinema and support them during this difficult time. We’ll need them when all this is over.
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