DVD Black and White [DVD] [] [2000] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 9073),
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Black and White [DVD] [] [2000] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • With BLACK AND WHITE, writer-director James Toback (FINGERS, TWO GIRLS AND A GUY) confronts the topic of race head on--most specifically, the influence of black urban hip-hop culture on white America. Set in New York City as the 1990s wind to a close, the film is told in a broad, episodic fashion, interweaving several different story lines in order to address a multitude of ideas. In the most comedic, a white documentarian (Brooke Shields) and her gay husband (Robert Downey Jr.) follow a group of affluent white teenagers (led by Bijou Phillips) around the city as they unabashedly pursue a Staten Island hip-hop crew. As the leader of the crew, Rich Bower (the Wu-Tang Clan's Power) struggles to leave his criminal past behind and become a legitimate musician. In the most dramatic subplot, an undercover police detective (Ben Stiller) frames a talented college basketball player (Allan Houston) in order to exact an ambiguous revenge. Toback blends improvisation with tightly scripted scenes, and the result is a loose, broad essay on the state of racism at the turn of the millennium. BLACK AND WHITE features impressive performances by the all-star cast, but it is Mike Tyson who steals the film with his unforgettable cameo.
    • Rating - Strong sexuality, graphic language, some violence and drug use.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 05288

  • Credits
    Robert Downey, Scott Caan, Stacy Edwards
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Engaging for its fresh milieu....It remains naturalistic, edgy and humorous..."

    "...Vital, immediate and often uproarious. An exciting, eclectic cast..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...Earns distinction as the greatest semi-improvised didactic fantasy ever made about cultural miscegenation....Shades of gray..." -- Rating: B
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...Hilarious, deeply ribald....Don't miss it." -- 3 out of 5 stars - A Satisfying Rental

    "...Moments of rough-hewn ingenuity....Teeming with vitality..."
    Sight and Sound

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