Instead of adhering to the norms of their South Central neighborhood, a group of skater boys opt to bus into Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where they attract local rich girls - and plenty of... See full summary »
Based on the true childhood experiences of Noah Baumbach and his brother, The Squid and the Whale tells the touching story of two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s.
Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars.
A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.
Instead of adhering to the norms of their South Central neighborhood, a group of skater boys opt to bus into Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where they attract local rich girls - and plenty of trouble with the police, jealous boyfriends, and nervous parents. Written by
Larry Clark's new film Wassup Rockers covers most of what you expect to see. Of course this is not nearly as heavy as Ken Park, the movie still clearly focuses on the innocence of teen sexuality. There's controversy written all over this story and race separation plays a major theme as well. The true beauty of Clark's films for me has always been his attention to realism. Wassup Rockers feels like it's made by somebody who might be living in South Central during the 2000 era. The fashion (with the hip hop and "rocker" kids) is entirely up to date (just as when Kids came out the attention to this detail was present). Larry Clark is a great director but in all honesty this is not his best work. Why? Pacing trouble. It's not terrible and doesn't defeat the quality and enjoyment but it could have definitely used some work and would have made the film feel a lot more solid.
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