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Black and White (I) (1999)

 -  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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Crime | Drama | Music

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

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,241,315 (USA) (28 April 2000)
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Trivia

Claudia Schiffer had to have her ears pierced specially for the large hoop earrings worn by her character in this movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Will King: These pants is just big, yo!
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Referenced in Xchange (2001) See more »

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Take Me To
Performed by Kimberly Stephens
Contains a sample from "Andrea with the Flowered Bag"
Written by Tim Timmermans
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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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