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 ...
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Inspired by a series of actual racial hazing incidents, 'Followers' focuses on three friends who want to pledge an exclusive fraternity. The friendship disintegrates when one of the friends... See full summary »
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
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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