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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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Insanely funny but pathetic.
24 March 2006 | by jocraffordSee all my reviews

I've caught this film several times on cable networks and found myself glued to it wherever it happens to land. Danny Hoch is totally mesmerizing as Flip, the misguided white boy who wishes he were black. Much of the humor is sadly pathetic but also entirely poignant. I happen to be among those who think that hip hop has been a disaster for the youth of America and the world. I originally thought that rap would be a doorway to literature and poetry, but instead it has proved itself to be an excuse for thuggish behavior. The values of the hip hop culture seem to me to be materialistic and shallow. Flip and his crew journey off to Chicago where they end up in one of the nastiest reality checks that could have possibly imagined. This is a wildly entertaining flick, very funny and very sad.


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