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Whiteboyz (1999)

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In Flip's path towards "keeping it real" by becoming hip-hop star, harsh realities surface to shake up his world.

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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$38,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,738
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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A smart and funny movie that challenges us to take a look at ourselves.
9 August 2000 | by biggs-11See all my reviews

Being from Iowa, I am usually offended by stereotypical portrayals of Iowans as dumb farmers, oblivious to the real world. That said, I really liked this movie. Part of it is the fun of seeing familiar places and landmarks (bridges, bars, cop cars, local personalities), but I also was intrigued by the story.

Most reviews I've read about this movie criticize the makers for trying to run on one joke for 90 minutes. Instead, I think the audience laughs because the characters (especially Flip) are trying so pitifully hard. Flip is like any teenager (in Iowa or elsewhere) who's searching for his spot in the world. He doesn't like his life (what teenager does?) and he is drawn to the "idea" of the ghetto he gets from music videos. His fantasies are so opposite from what he knows -wealth, women, recognition. In his fantasy world, everyone fits into the slots he gives them with no questions. The problem is he can't separate his fantasy from reality, and when reality slaps him in the face (Chicago) he is forced to take a look at who he really is - a faulted, bigoted, everyday person.

It's hard to face our faults, and the filmmakers must use an exaggerated character with exaggerated actions in an extreme situation to make this seem less like a cheesy story about some loser wannabes with no clue and more like a paradoxical look at facing ourselves. Without this movie's extreme and often sad backdrop, I would write it off as another "we're more cultured than you, aren't Iowans dumb" story. Instead, I think this is a smart, biting story that challenges us to take a look past what we want everyone else to see and examine who we are underneath, faults and all.


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