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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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Runtime:

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

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

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Most people just don't get it...
9 April 2006 | by ibachusSee all my reviews

As I read reviews of this movie I just can't keep feeling like most of you just don't get it. I'm reading comments here on IMDb like "white boys trying to act like they are black (c'mon that is terrible)" or "can someone say Wigger...". You are missing the point. This movie is simply one big satire of young white teenagers who grow up in decent or rich environment (or Iowa) idolizing the ghetto life that they see on MTV and trying to mimic it. As a product of a large city public school system in the mid nineties I saw these kinds of kids every day. It's pretty depressing actually. Low self-esteem kids with terrible identity disorders trying so desperately to find themselves. Or not? Maybe most of them just don't know how to act. Whatever it is I'd have to say that this movie was on point with every aspect of this kind of lifestyle. For someone like me, who went to school with kids like this, Whiteboyz is a hilarious movie! Flip dog is just so incredibly lost in his gangster world, working out scenarios with Khalid before his talks to him, rapping in front of the mirror, etc. Khalid even tries to explain this to Flip and Flip is so lost he just doesn't understand what he is telling him. Khalid was probably the most normal kid in the movie. He respected his Mom, he has aspirations to go to college, and wasn't all about getting in trouble. What was the most revealing about what this movie was trying to do was the scene where James comes out of his "gangster" act and starts ranting racial slurs. Did James have multiple personalities? No. How could you miss the point after seeing that? There are plenty of people I'd like to show this movie to but sadly they won't get it. It's definitely one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. It was acted out perfectly and just down right hilarious. Unfortunately, most of the people just don't get it. Recommended as a wake up call to all you gangster white boys out there that grew up in a stable home. Cheers!


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