I’ll preface this by saying, I thought this would be hard to do each week. It’s scary how easy it is.
Pusher is the latest Jonathan Levine film (The Wackness, 50/50) starring Andrew Garfield as an ambitious young student name Nick Marshall at University of NY Law School (fictional, but it’s NYU). He’s great in the classroom, is going to graduate at the top of his class and everyone likes him, including fellow law student Willa played by Bryce Dallas Howard. Despite Willa’s father Police Chief Charles Winston, played by Ed Harris disliking Nick initially, they begin dating and are eventually engaged to be married. While everything seems to be going well for Nick and he’s close to graduation, there is a big secret about him that no one else knows. Nick has always been secretive about where he comes from and who his family is. Turns out he actually the nephew of the infamous Santorini Crime Family headed by Vinny “The Dog” Santorini. Vinny played by Chazz Palmintieri has been using Nick for years as a drug dealer. Anything that the wealthy mafioso needs to sell he gives to Nick to unload on the wealthy elite and their students. Because he only sells to the rich and powerful elite, there is very little chance that their will be blowback on him. People like him and they like his products.