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Black & White (I) (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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$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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Not so real
7 May 2006 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Hip-hop is not just a style of music, for it comes associated with an attitude, an attitude that notoriously does not wholly reject the ghetto from which it springs. Whether the music, and culture, should thus be seen as the free expression of the dispossessed, or as one of the chains tying them down, is this a moot point (though it's worth noting that every revolution in popular music over the last half-century has been seen by respectable society as the end of the world). 'Black and White' is a celebrity-studded collection of small stories about characters living the hip-hop life, its focus on the interplay of the white community with this essentially black form of music. It's not badly executed, although it's hard to get very interested in any of the characters. One peculiarity, though, is how little hip-hop there actually is on the soundtrack, a strange vacuum at the heart of the film; also, we see little in the way of everyday life in the world from which the music emerged. The result is watchable, but there are no real insights, sociological or musical, to be had.


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