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The Breaks (1999)

A Sunday in the life of Derrick King, an Irish kid raised in South Central L.A. by a Black family. He talks Black, dresses Black, and thinks of himself as Black. It's a day of disasters: ... See full summary »

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Eric Meza

Writer:

Mitch Mullany
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anthony Anderson ... Inmate #1
Isaiah Barnes ... Charles
Max Becker Max Becker ... Young Derrick
Paula Bel Paula Bel ... Paula - 'the Ho'
Paul Benjamin ... Clerk
Lamont Bentley Lamont Bentley ... Darryl
Michelle Buffone Michelle Buffone ... Derrick's Irish Mom (as Michele Buffone)
Johnny Ray Burton Johnny Ray Burton ... Inmate #2
George Clinton ... Himself
Shireen Crutchfield ... Girl In The Car
Loretta Devine ... Floria
Oscar Dillon ... Inmate #3
Justin Doran Justin Doran ... Nilla
E-40 E-40 ... Judge
Pierre Edwards ... The Pimp (as Pierre)
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A Sunday in the life of Derrick King, an Irish kid raised in South Central L.A. by a Black family. He talks Black, dresses Black, and thinks of himself as Black. It's a day of disasters: his mom kicks him out of the house, his uncle fires him, the woman he loves dismisses him as childish, the LAPD (wearing Confederate-flag shoulder patches) impounds his car and tosses him in the drunk tank, a mean dude is after him for money, he's imprisoned in a store basement by gay sadists, and he's shot at. Along the way, however, he shows kindness to a near-sighted kid, and those random acts may prove to be his salvation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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He's a brother that pales by comparison.

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Rated R for strong crude sexuality and language, and for violence and drug content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaks See more »

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When the three get "Kidnapped" by the owner of the pawn shop owner and his friends. The gags they are wearing go from tight to very loose in between shots. See more »

Crazy Credits

During the ending credits, the pimp gives his advice and opinions of the "Pimping Game." See more »

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References Menace II Society (1993) See more »

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Squooshy
Written and Performed by Adam Hirsh
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Up there with Friday, CB4, Don't be a Menace To Society...
8 June 2001 | by axeman808See all my reviews

A funny, funny, funny movie... It's ALMOST a typical "day in the hood" comedy, except it revolves around a White Irishman, raised by a Black family in Compton... Derrick ("White Mike" from "Martin"), accompanied by his best friend Chris ("Cole" from "Martin") adventure around the neighborhood, chased by Cops and Thugs, in search of a carton of milk... There are not only several side-stories to enjoy here, developing snippets of ideas from other movies ("I'm Gonna Get You Sucka", "Friday", "Pulp Fiction"), but there are countless guest stars from other "day in the hood" type movies, as well as from the rap, funk, and basketball worlds... If you like Friday, CB4, Fear Of A Black Hat, Don't Be A Menace To Society, Who's The Man, etc...You owe it to yourself to check out "The Breaks".

I give it an 8/10 (with only Fear Of A Black Hat getting a higher score from me in this genre)


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