Blueprint

An underemployed daycare teacher on the south side struggles to put his life in order after a close friend is killed in a random shooting. This poignant indie drama considers multiple issues facing black communities in contemporary America: unemployment, gang violence, police brutality, broken families. It never overreaches, though, because director Daryl Wein (Lola Versus) and cowriter-star Jerod Haynes ground their social concerns in a precise character study. The complex hero exacerbates his own unhappiness even as he tries to do good by others; he drinks to excess, cheats compulsively on his girlfriend (the mother of his two children), and devotes little effort to finding work. His plight points to a more universal theme: the challenge of becoming a responsible adult.