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Three black teenagers are becoming frustrated while waiting for their friend. A young white lad walks past wearing super tight jeans. The boys look on until one of them asks the pivotal question, "How can a man wear jeans that tight?" This sparks a hilarious debate about race and culture. Written by Destiny Ekaragha

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Natural, engaging, well-written and nicely delivered short film
17 August 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Three young men are waiting for their friend on a wall in Lewisham, complaining about his lateness. However when a young man walks past wearing tight skinny-style jeans the conversation turns to how someone can wear such tight clothing. From there they get into sexual stereotypes, racial politics, slavery and so on.

I saw Tight Jeans recently on Channel 4 as part of a season of urban culture and I wasn't quite sure what I was to expect, so I was open to whatever. What I got was something that doesn't really have a point to make or an agenda but rather just a short that captures a collection of random conversation between the characters. A lot of topics are covered and the characters make sense or don't, are right or wrong but they are still quite real and natural. Some of them are "right" in what they say but have the wrong motives perhaps for their opinions and in some cases what they say reveals an ignorance of their own culture as well as others, but the key thing is that they all come across like this is just a conversation between friends, spit-balling to kill time. As such it is interesting but also quite amusing in what it does.

Although the set is a wall in a car park and the action is limited to three young men on that wall, director Ekaragha does well to find something for her camera to do. Rather than just point at the three of them she moves it around well, gives different angles and shots but never breaks up the flow of the characters of the dialogue. If the actors have not been in front of a camera before then it doesn't show as they are natural and good-humoured throughout. Overall, Tight Jeans doesn't open your eyes to a major truth, but it does capture honest conversation between three young men and, in the process of what they say, also hints at comic ignorance and assumptions between cultures – the fact that some white guys can wear such tight jeans is just the first of them.


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