After his youngest brother dies of a drug overdose, Leon (Stephen Dorff) forms the street gang, The Deuces, to protect his Brooklyn neighborhood from drugs. But it’s 1958 and times are changing, Elvis enters the army and the Dodgers move to Los Angeles. City blocks are controlled by mob leaders like Fritzy (Matt Dillon), but local gangs run the neighborhoods. However, when Marco, leader of the Vipers, gets out of jail, he wants to even the score with Leon, who he thinks is responsible for his arrest. But when Leon’s brother falls for the sister of a Viper, family loyalties become a question. Reminiscent of WEST SIDE STORY without the music, DEUCES WILD touches a violent moment with nostalgic images of young love and commitment to protecting others.
However, the violent images are sometimes overwhelming as gang rumbles feature graphic stabbings, hits with baseball bats and bloody punches with brass knuckles. Drug use is graphically depicted as characters snort cocaine and one image shows a heroin needle in an arm. Equally offensive is the flood of obscenities as the f-word is heard almost 100 times. Graphic motion is shown in a couple of sex scenes, although nudity is avoided. But a torrent of obscenities, graphic sexual content and brutal violence should prevent discerning viewers from joining the gangs of DEUCES WILD.