Living on the dangerous, drug-infested streets of downtown L.A. for nine days and and nights, Grammy Award winner Pras Michel goes undercover as a homeless person. A compelling life-changing story of Pras learning to fend for himself on the streets of Los Angeles; while discovering the dark, volatile and very human side of Skid Row.
He actually did "live" down there for 9 days, but a lot of the documentary seemed contrived. The first day was real and it upset me because this millionaire rapper, who sings like he "knows" the streets, had no clue. He panhandled all day for 15 dollars and spent it all at a fast food joint on one meal. Then, during the first night you here screaming and a gunshot, but no explanation, even though the victim and cops were filmed. After that I had a hard time believing he didn't reach out to his crew for fast food money. Also it became apparent in the final days that everyone knew he was filming and that is considered NARC behavior and justifies killing those associated with him. That is when he realized his time was up. He was putting innocent lives in danger. Good documentary in spite of the above mentioned flaws. Since this was filmed before the meltdown, it is dated and times have changed quite a bit.
It's very sad that most homeless are war vets, have mental issues, and drug addiction. I don't have a clue about how we could ever stop this! One of the issues I had with this documentary, was the fact that the man that infused himself into the homeless population, had on a new coat, beautiful plaid shirt, new jeans, and new tennis shoes. He should have gone to Goodwill and bought some clothes more appropriate for the row. Towards the end, I'm sure his clothes had been washed.
Nothing special. The message of the documentary seems to be that homelessness sucks. Its dangerous, unpleasant, full of creeps, rats and predators. Yea. I find it hard to believe that people didn't catch on to this guy. He doesn't drink or do any drug. He's probably the only homeless guy in the world who doesn't do any drug. There was nothing to make this documentary stand out.
It does a great job of showing Skid Row and the struggle of the people who live there. Unfortunately they seem to try to make it edgy, and act like it is a lot of hidden camera work, when you can tell that pretty much everyone knows the cameras are there. Worth watching, but a little disappointing from what was advertised.
An interesting look at the homelessness situation on the streets of LA. In a city of wealth, this doc looks at the reality of life on the streets. If you are looking for a hard-hitting documentary, do yourself a favor and pick this up; it's worth your time and money.
I wasn't sure how I would like this film. There are parts that are tough to watch and I found myself wanting to turn away. Yet that's exactly what we middle-class folks do when it comes to the homeless! LA's problem is much worse than I thought, however you can find this situation in most cities around the world. Drugs, mental illness and a society that just doesn't give a darn feed into the problem! I live in a big city and see these types on a regular basis. You learn to ignore them. However this film gives amazing insight into their plight.