Black And White 2000 R CC

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(55) IMDb 5.2/10
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The film examines the burgeoning influence of the urban rap scene on middle-class high school kids.

Starring:
Elijah Wood, Robert Downey Jr.
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Black And White

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action, Mystery
Director Yuri Zeltser
Starring Elijah Wood, Robert Downey Jr.
Supporting actors Ron Silver, Alison Eastwood, Ross Partridge, James Handy, Carl Anthony Payne II, Ashley Tucker, Joe Unger, Lobo Sebastian, Kamala Lopez, Boris Lee Krutonog, Michael Paul Chan, Barry Primus, Marshall Bell, Seymour Cassel, Bob Golub, Jerrica M. Morales, Nava Plotski, Magda I. Rivera
Studio Screen Gems
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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This movie is bad in so many ways that it's hard to know where to start.
Edward J. Tabler
It's too much more in fact since Toback throws in too many different characters and subplots that all hinge on certain outcomes that don't seem realistic.
Richard Ross
Hip-hop, while it has roots in African-American tradition, is no longer the "Black" artform or culture that it once was.
Knyte

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Ross on August 30, 2009
Format: DVD
This is probably the most in your face and ridiculous film James Toback has ever made which is no small claim considering his filmography. I say that because it's the easiest film of his to mock and disregard as a dumb movie. That's partly because of the way it was marketed as being about rich white kids (Bijou Philips, Elijah Wood, and Eddie Kaye Thomas) who try to imitate their hip hop idols by dressing and talking like them. We've all encountered our fair share of people like that and indeed we laugh at them and don't take them seriously. I'm not claiming that Toback gives us some kind of psychological insight into why people act like that but when you have actors as talented as Philips and Kaye Thomas you pay attention to them and want to understand them. The film is much more than white kids trying to act black. It's too much more in fact since Toback throws in too many different characters and subplots that all hinge on certain outcomes that don't seem realistic. There's a former gangster (Power) who's trying to go legit as a rap producer, a D.A. (Joe Pantoliano) trying to come to grips with his sons immersion into the thug life, a college basketball player (Allan Houston) who gets propositioned by a gambler (Ben Stiller) to throw a game for $50,000, the basketball player's girlfriend (Claudia Schiffer) who has eyes for his friend, and a group of white kids (including Scott Caan) opening a nightclub in the gangster's turf. Chronicling all of this is documentary filmmaker Sam Donager (Brooke Shields) and her husband Terry (Robert Downey Jr.). Sam initially follows the kids around and through their interactions meets all the other players including Mike Tyson. Tyson plays himself in the film and he is absolutely brilliant. I haven't mentioned yet that most of the film was improvised.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on April 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
"Black and White," as the title implies, is an ambitious attempt to explore race relations in contemporary urban America, without resorting to the shibboleths, sugar-coated platitudes and pat answers one generally finds in more mainstream films on the subject.
Setting his tale in New York City and employing an intriguing mix of established and first time actors, many of them playing themselves on screen, writer/director James Toback explores the ways in which both sides of the black/white equation are essentially attempting to achieve the same basic goal: to gain acceptance in the other side's territory for reasons of either financial gain or personal validation. Here we have, for example, a group of white, upper middle class high school students, disillusioned by the empty materialism of their family and home lives, so drawn to the contemporary trendiness of the black hip-hop culture that they end up emulating and adopting its fashions, its terminology and its angry, anti-establishment attitudes. Yet, acceptance is not a guarantee in any area of life and what these youngsters do not realize is that they are perceived by the blacks as little more than pathetic hangers-on, cultural nomads to be exploited for their willingness to perform sexual favors or rituals of bloodletting when it is most convenient to the users.
Conversely, the blacks find themselves doing virtually the same thing, in this case, cowtowing to the white record industry executives who in turn exploit them for success and profit. Here we have gangster rappers attempting to go "straight" in order to achieve acceptability in the high-class world of the corporate entertainment elite.
Toback explores this often confusing but always fascinating world by laying out its topography in a non-linear fashion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2000
Format: DVD
I had long been waiting to see "Black and White," and when I finally did, I was torn between whether I liked it or not. It's hard for me to judge it because I had been waiting so long to see it. As the film opened, I thought that James Toback did an excellent job with the camera work, as well as the pen. He clearly showed the viewers the "differences" between the two races and how they try to intertwine. His use of witty vocabulary and camera techniques made his films deserve three stars, but the way he chose to proceed with the story and develop his ideas could have been done in a different way. As the film ended, I was wondering if this is how James Toback really sees the world, or if is just one of his fantasies. Worth watching on DVD for the deleated (and entertaining) scenes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Customer on July 14, 2001
Format: DVD
I have watched this DVD several times, and that ususally means it is one of my favorites, a five star performance. In this case, however, because of the director's inability to create cohesion between his two visions of how to tell this story (these stories) I give the film only four stars.First of all, there are the films many strengths: the hip-hop world has never been better and more honestly and more non-judgmentally portrayed; Mike Tyson, Downey JR., Houston, Phillips, and Schiffer give great performances; Much is learned about the connection between affluent white kids and hip-hop culture. Deep stuff.The big problem with the movie is that it would have worked as a documentary style film, or it would have worked as a plotted detective story. When these two ideas come together, however, the gritty reality of the hip-hop world does not mesh with the necessarily artificial plot contrivances of the detective story (even though it is a pretty good detective story).
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