Matt and I watched Wassup Rockers (2008) a couple of weeks ago (on DVD).
If you've ever seen Kids, it's by the same directory - Larry Clark.
Mr Larry likes to get down and dirty in his film-making. Wassup Rockers is certainly no different.
For the first twenty minutes I was all 'er do we have to watch this...?' Nonchalant and not committing to movie watching, instead lying next to Matt reading blogs. In those twenty minutes any females were portrayed as floozies, and it had some hardcore Latino punk. Not really my scene. It's well documented that I love period films. Give me an empire line dress (as opposed to the Empire striking back), a chilly English backdrop and a cup of tea and I'm there, enthralled.
But I jump ahead - Wassup Rockers looks at a group of Latino-American boys living in South Central Los Angeles. They skate. They dress like the Ramones. They buck the trend of their own gnarly hip-hop neighbourhood by wearing tight shirts and tight jeans. And they decide to ride the bus into Beverley Hills to go skating.
They don't drink. They don't smoke. They're living high on their youth. And skating.
Once they step off that bus, there starts a narrative featuring a day or two of adventure, prejudice (Jane Austen - hell0!), daily danger they face, and a great insight into life as a fringe dweller. A lot of the script is improvised and the boys play themselves which can sometimes make for slow viewing.
Straight after, I had the blues. This is not a film you're going to walk away from and say - wow that was ace and uplifting and yowsers, let's watch it over again. But two weeks later I guess I can appreciate it more.
It's been a long time between reviews.. I give Wassup Rockers - *** and a half stars.
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