ATL is a 2006 film about four friends preparing for life after high school, and how different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. Much of the drama unfolds at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.
- Directed by Chris Robinson.
- Fine, be that way! That's why you need a timing belt, bitch!
- [Voice-over] Pleasure turns to the pain, Of the lessons learned from the strain Of the questions burned in my brain, About whether to love is humane in its touch. These thoughts are like salmon swimming upstream in the tears of your deceit. Fighting the current hurt that kills more than is created by the chaos of our intertwined emotions. Chaotic because the anchor of Eros' arrow has been plucked from the vessel of my undying infatuation. Separation not as simple as the distance between us My mind no longer possessed by the demons that had been the overseers of my enslavement to your lies. The seeds of these lies rooted so deeply they have cracked the foundation of what we once shared. Allowing the faith in us I had sealed inside to gush out like a river, Ripping the image of our future together from my thoughts as violently and as brutally as if it were a child being taken from his mother's arms. I'm left surrounded in darkness but I refuse to be swallowed by it. My loneliness like the night air. Invisible to the eye, obvious to the touch, In its cold uncomfortableness Yet if I could do it all over again, I'd do it in the same skin I'm in. To lay down and let love die, Just stay down and let love lie, No, no, not I. I'll stay 'round and let love fly, Even though I have seen its darkest form, deceit. Nothing else could taste this warm or feel this sweet.
- Here come Ghetto Ghetto and her two twins.
- You got a Picasso in yo' house!
- It's all part of the game, young buck.
- I came over here to see if you was goin' to Big Booty Judy graduation party.
- My Pops used to always say dreamin' is the luxury of children, and that I should enjoy it. And he was right.
- [to his brother, Ant] You ain't gotta be a dope boy to have money.
- [to Ant] You tell me. You're the one that's shinin'.
- So, you wanna hook up or what?
- Now, look, I ain't trying to get in your business... but, I mean I do know a little something about being pissed. I mean, it's all - You know, it's all just feelings, man. From females to friends to funerals... it's all about the feelings. I just want you to recognize the difference between what you feel and what's real. That way you don't look back on life with a bunch of regret.
- Ant: What you hustlin'?
- Rashad: You know better than that.
- Austin: This my nigga, Ant.
- Ant: [extends hand] Sup?
- Marcus: [extends fist for pound] Germs. Cleanliness is next godliness, right?
- Ant: Aight.
- Marcus: Back Up.
- Brooklyn: Why after every sentence you call me "shawty"? "Yo shawty... shawty." I'm taller than you!
- Rashad: Ok well let me ask you this then: in New York City then why ya'll gotta say "yo son" after every sentence? I'm not your kid, I'm not your child, why I gotta be your son?
- Teddy: Money...
- Rashad: B...
- Brooklyn: I call you "sun," 'cause you shine like one. Ya' feel me?
- Rashad: That was real sentimental. Thanks.
- Jay: [whispers] I heard you holding that!
- Ant: Man, who told you you that?
- Jay: You trying to act like I haven't known you since the third grade.
- Ant: Yeah, but you've been out of school for four weeks.
- Jay: Man, I had mono. So whats up? You holding, or what?
- Ant: [pauses] Naw.
- Jay: Aight, thats whats up.
- Ant: [walks down the stairs; whispers to his friends] Narc.
- Marcus: Any kids?
- Ant: None that I know of.
- Marcus: You doing somethin'?
- Ant: I'm doing a lil' somethin'.
- Marcus: Boy, you ain't doin' nothin', boy! Whats your last place of employment, youngblood?
- Ant: Cleaning.
- Marcus: Cleaning? Looks like Swann Cleaning Service bout to lose an employee. You wanna work, right?
- Ant: Yeah.
- Marcus: But you know this is grown man business, right?
- Ant: I know.
- Marcus: You sure?
- Ant: Uh huh.
- Marcus: Ok. We'll see.
- New New: I can't even believe I'm telling you this right now. You're special.
- Rashad: Special, huh? I don't know about that.
- New New: I wish you could see what I see.
- New New: Why don't you cut across the middle and get your feet wet?
- Esquire: Why don't you go roll neck at somebody else and get up out mines?
- New New: I'm just trying to help you out! Your takeoff is weak and you're starting to make Rashad look bad!
- Esquire: [frowns his face at her] I don't like you. I really don't!
- New New: [points to the rink] Uh oh. And why don't you go catch up?
- Rashad: New New. [chuckles]
- New New: What's so funny?
- Rashad: What kind of name is New New, anyway?
- New New: I'm New New cause I always rock the new... new shit. Thank you.
- Rashad: Well, I heard you and you homegirls don't buy none of that new... new shit.
- New New: Whatever.
- Rashad: So how do I skate?
- New New: What you mean?
- Teddy: Ya'll sure are. And you know something, New New...
- New New: Nope.
- Teddy: No, I mean. I'm sayin', when we gon' get together?
- New New: Not gon' happen. Never.
- Teddy: I mean, why don't you just let me finish what I gotta say.
- New New: I know what you gon' ask me, Teddy, I know you. And I seen you skate.
- Teddy: So?
- New New: So that tells me everything I need to know about a man.
- Teddy: Pssh, we'll then you should know that, that I'm the quickest one out there, you know? I be pumpin' in out there, baby. I pop, pop, pop!
- New New: Exactly. A quick pumper.
- Veda: Whose that?
- Star: I don't know they keep hangin' up.
- Veda: Star 69 them.
- Star: Excuse me, I am not a hoe.
- A New American Story
- Tip "T.I." Harris — Rashad
- Big Boi — Marcus
- April Clark — Tondie
- Albert Daniels — Brooklyn
- Keith David — John Garnett
- Khadijah Haqq — Veda
- Malika Haqq — Star
- Tae Heckard — Tonya
- Lauren London — New New
- Jackie Long — Esquire
- Markice Moore — Austin
- Evan Ross — Ant
- Tasha Smith — Gayle
- Jason Weaver — Teddy
- Mykelti Williamson — Uncle George