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Black & White (1999)

Black and White (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama, Music | 5 April 2000 (USA)
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A group of white high school teens become involved with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd.

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Set in New York City, Black and White features several losely related stories centering on a pair of documentary filmmakers, Sam and her husband Terry, in following a group of caucasian teens, Raven, Charlie, Will, Marty, Wren and others who try to fit in with Harlem's black hip-hop crowd who include gangster rapper Rich Bower and his music partner Cigar in landing a recording gig, as well as college basketball player Dean who is conflicted on taking a fall on a game for shady gambler Mark Clear who has hidden agenda for Dean and Rich. Written by <pataygs@voicenet.com>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,212,535 (USA) (7 April 2000)

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$5,241,315 (USA) (28 April 2000)
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When Robert Downey Jr. was offered the part of playing the husband to Brooke Shields' character, he decided he wanted to play the character as a gay man who hits on every guy he met in the film. He became a bit nervous when he found out one of those men would be Mike Tyson, but director James Toback told him to stick to his original plan. See more »

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Dean is described repeatedly as a "star point guard." Actually, like the actor (a star basketball player in real life), Dean is a shooting guard who sometimes also plays small forward. See more »

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Wren: When you're an adult, you have to kind of know who you are.
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Written & Performed by Wu-Tang Clan
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Don't buy the hype!
8 April 2000 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

Black & White: a documentary director and her husband follows several upper middle class high school kids to try and comprehend why they have chosen to emulate black inner city hip-hop rappers.

What is intended to be an avante-garde-in-your-face mockumentary addressing serious sociological issues is a weak series of loosely interconnecting stories with poorly developed and uninteresting characters. The credits tout many big names - Robert Downey Jr., Ben Stiller, Brooke Shields among them - but the performances are lackluster at best: while Downey's stereotypical fey gay character borders on offensive, he can't compare with Mike Tyson's ludicrous attempts at philosophizing.

At least there are no shades of grey here - it is all bad.


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