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Skid Row (2007)

A documentary that chronicles Pras Michel's 9-day experiment as a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles.

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A documentary that chronicles Pras Michel's 9-day experiment as a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles.

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Rated R for drug content and language
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24 August 2007 (USA)  »

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First Night  »

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$6,627, 26 August 2007, Limited Release
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"No thanks, I'm a vegetarian"
29 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

The only reason this got a 2 rather than a 1 is because of the cinematography. I could go on for a lot longer than 1000 words about why this "documentary" fails to stand on its own. I consider this movie about the pretentiousness of Pras Michel than the hard living you'll find in Skid Row. First, Pras does not go on the real skid row, as mentioned earlier he spends most of the film sitting in a car garage refusing to actually go out into the scary reality. He stays out of the area, panhandles, REFUSED free food given by a kind heart on the grounds that he was vegetarian. I almost shut it off right there. That is not what this film was supposed to be.

Any credibility that he was truly homeless was gone. When night time comes, I'm pretty sure he spend a maximum of one hour pretending to sleep in an alley before moving to nicer, safer ground. Again, not what was promised.

Spending all of your "hard earned" money on one meal does not portray as desperate a situation as I had expected, and I found myself raging more and more at the subject than what was supposed to be the focus. There are plenty of better documentaries out there if you are interested in the subject, and with a lot less whining and crying from the "actor".

One real night on Skid Row would have scared this guy right back into his penthouse.


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