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Whiteboyz (1999)

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In a virtually all-white Iowa town, Flip daydreams of being a hip-hop star, hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. He practices in front of a mirror and with his two pals, James and ... See full summary »

Director:

Marc Levin

Writers:

Garth Belcon (story), Danny Hoch (story) | 4 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Hoch ... Flip
Dash Mihok ... James
Mark Webber ... Trevor
Piper Perabo ... Sara
Terence Mueller Terence Mueller ... Jock
Lyndsey Barnett Lyndsey Barnett ... Girl in Bathroom
Dr. Dre ... Don Flip Crew #1
Fat Joe ... Don Flip Crew #2
Eric Rivas Quiroga Eric Rivas Quiroga ... Traitor
Eugene Byrd ... Khalid
Rich Komenich Rich Komenich ... Flip's Dad
William N. Mayberry William N. Mayberry ... Foreman
Lisa Jane Todd ... Trevor's Mom
Annabel Armour ... Flip's Mom
Shannon Penrod Shannon Penrod ... Hucky's Customer
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Storyline

In a virtually all-white Iowa town, Flip daydreams of being a hip-hop star, hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. He practices in front of a mirror and with his two pals, James and Trevor. He talks Black slang, he dresses Black. He's also a wannabe pusher, selling flour as cocaine. And while he talks about "keeping it real," he hardly notices real life around him: his father's been laid off, his mother uses Food Stamps, his girlfriend is pregnant, James may be psychotic, one of his friends (one of the town's few Black kids) is preparing for college, and, on a trip to Chicago to try to buy drugs, the cops shoot real bullets. What will it take for Flip to get real? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

They dreamed of the ghetto...But they woke up in Iowa.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, substance abuse, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Whiteboyz See more »

Filming Locations:

Muscatine, Iowa, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,149, 12 September 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$36,025, 19 September 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Eugene Byrd (Kahlid in this movie), goes on to star in 8 Mile, meaning he's been in films starring Dr. Dre and Eminem. See more »

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Referenced in Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (2000) See more »

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Great Idea, Poorly Executed
27 May 2005 | by davesteele-1See all my reviews

Someone needed to make a movie like this, a commentary on how white suburban teenagers have latched onto hip-hop and "ghetto" culture, and made it part of their identity, when in reality they don't have a solitary clue of what it means to be Black in America. Someone needed to make a movie that made the point that white America's affinity for Black culture rarely translates into actual understanding of Black people as actual human beings, or into an understanding of their situation. Someone needed to make a movie that showed hip-hop-as-consumed-by-white-kids as what it is: a new version of a very old theme in American popular culture -- the Black man as dirty savage, cunning and dangerous, yet stupid and witless at the same time.

But "Whiteboys" is not this movie. The movie can't seem to decide if it's a comedy or a cutting social commentary, or both. So it fails as both. The central problem is that the main characters are stereotypes themselves, the East Coast-imagined version of what someone in Iowa is supposed to be like. It's impossible to believe that Flip and his gang are for real. Flip especially comes off as a delusional mental patient, not as a misguided, out-of-touch kid. The images of farm life were as cartoonish as the images of hip hop life the movie was mocking. Perhaps this was part of the point, but all of the overlapping of targets of parody just made the whole matter confusing.

The movie would have been much better off if had ditched the whole Iowa-farmer theme, stopped reveling in stupid images of kids rapping in farm fields, and instead focused on a group of kids in Any-Suburb USA, the kind of kids that we all have met -- privileged white kids who are drawn to the false glamor of ghetto life presented on TV, utterly oblivious to their own privileged station in life.


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