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      Black and White

      R Released Apr 5, 2000 1h 38m Drama LGBTQ+ List
      39% Tomatometer 83 Reviews 30% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Rich Bower (Power) is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven (Gaby Hoffman) and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker Sam Donager (Brooke Shields), who sets out to chronicle it with her husband, Terry (Robert Downey Jr.). But before Bower was a rapper, he was a gangster, and his criminal past comes back to haunt him and all those around him. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      The atmosphere is affecting, and the story, at times, is compelling, but with a lean script and limp direction, Black and White doesn't add up to much.

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      Susan Stark Detroit News Rated: 2/4 Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Empire Magazine Rated: 3/5 Oct 18, 2008 Full Review Todd McCarthy Variety As lively and amusing as the film is in some ways, it does set up expectations at the outset that are never really delivered upon. Jun 17, 2008 Full Review Justin Brown Medium Popcorn I never want to see this movie ever again. This is terrible. How dare we subject ourselves to this... Rated: 1/5 May 21, 2021 Full Review Brandon Collins Medium Popcorn This is absolutely wild. So problematic and a mess of epic proportions... Rated: 1/5 May 21, 2021 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: C Jan 17, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Juan R A boring and disjointed film. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/24/24 Full Review Audience Member this film is, at best, homophobic and at worst an amazing waste of money.Incredible someone funded this trash. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I love Bijou Phillips🥰 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I gave this movie 2 stars kinda didn't want to though, this movie kinda reminded me of the movie Kids, but a adult version. Brooke Shields with cornrows, braids that was interesting and the parts with Mike Tyson and Rob. Downy Jr. was all off the cuff so it was kinda funny to find that out and watch that part. Gritty on the street type movie about different people and the way they live Brooke Shields plays a woman filming different people, small talk kinda slow would I would probably not watch this one again. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review c v The cast on this indie was a who's who of soon to be big leagues, with a simple plot and plenty of room to watch and dissect the problems that humanity still tends to have with inequalities ranging from genetic makeup to social status , "Black and White" is happily more than just a flick with a couple Wu-Tang cameos thrown in to exude star power. From the odd choices of editing in most scenes to the watermarks, the debauchary, Frodo let"s slip a slur a, Iron Man gets beat up by Mike Tyso and subsequently comes out the closet - all this as the audience is not only treated to a lesson on social structure from Method Man mid-film but also a Raekwon mini-music video at the end - "Black And White" is a sleeper that deserves an awake audience. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Black and White doesn’t even hold together as a proper movie. It is like a series of vignettes that happen to features some of the same characters along the way. There is an attempt at a few little storylines, but most of it is scattered, and doesn’t have any flow at all. I despise that lack of focus and purpose, even in well-crafted movies, and this is far from well-crafted. It doesn’t properly take a stand on anything, and might be downright destructive in the way it presents its views. The theme is focused on the differences between white culture and black culture, and it includes a handful of white people who desire to cross the dividing line and either observe or be integrated into the black culture. The problem is that this movie seems to think that every stereotype about black men is accurate. All the black men are destructive, unfaithful, corrupting people who indulge in every vice and try to take down the poor misguided white people with them. It is so shocking that Black & White takes such a bold stand against an entire race, this movie kind of made my skin crawl. It approached some similar things with homosexuality, but it didn’t give the gay character enough screen-time to fully exploit him. I think it’s safe to say that I don’t think anyone should ever sit through Black & White, and those who made it should probably be a little ashamed. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 05/16/18 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Rich Bower (Power) is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven (Gaby Hoffman) and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker Sam Donager (Brooke Shields), who sets out to chronicle it with her husband, Terry (Robert Downey Jr.). But before Bower was a rapper, he was a gangster, and his criminal past comes back to haunt him and all those around him.
      Director
      James Toback
      Producer
      Ron Rotholz, Michael Mailer
      Screenwriter
      James Toback
      Distributor
      Screen Gems
      Production Co
      Bigel/Mailer Films, Palm Pictures
      Rating
      R (Language|Drug Use|Strong Sexuality|Violence)
      Genre
      Drama, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 5, 2000, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 16, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $5.2M
      Runtime
      1h 38m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Stereo, DTS, SDDS, Surround, Dolby Digital, Dolby SR
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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