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At Theaters: 4/5/2000 On Video: 9/26/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 40 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 169917
Studio: Screen Gems/Palm Pictures
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When Rich Bower decides to leave behind his life of crime and re-invent himself as a hip-hop impresario, he is confronted for the first time by the internecine dealings of the white world. Documentary filmmaker Sam Donager and her fascinatingly perverse husband enter the scene as they follow a group of privileged uptown teenagers who, intrigued by Rich and his crowd, find themselves drawn to the hip-hop lifestyle.
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Drama - Teens and young adults, particularly those in urban areas, stand the best chance of enjoying this messy drama. Nonstop profanity and some graphic sexual situations may turn off older viewers, not to mention renders the film inappropriate for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Brooke Shields THE BACHELOR
Robert Downey Jr. WONDER BOYS, IN DREAMS, TWO GIRLS AND A GUY
Stacy Edwards IN THE COMPANY OF MEN
Wri/Dir: James Toback TWO GIRLS AND A GUY
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Behind The Scenes
About The Production
Hip Hop
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PROFANITY: Nonstop use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Graphic sex with nudity.
VIOLENCE: Fist fights and a shooting.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent drug and alcohol use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Rare moments of comic relief.
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Below Average
The trailers for James Toback's Black and White make it look like a run-of-the-mill 'hood drama, but Toback has a deeper concern in mind. As the title suggests, his film wants to explore the relations between blacks and whites, namely the influence of hip-hop culture on white youths--this issue in addition to telling a crime story as a hook. His intention is noble, but it's in Toback's execution that he manages to fail in everything he sets out to do.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 19 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
8
Fairly Low
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
2
Low
0%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
Low
67%
30+Adults (M)
1
Fairly Low
0%
30+Adults (F)
5
Low
20%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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When Rich Bower (Oli "Power" Grant) decides to leave behind his life of crime and re-invent himself as a hip hop impresario, he is confronted for the first time by the internecine dealings of the white world. Documentary filmmaker Sam Donager (Brooke Shields) and her fascinatingly perverse husband (Robert Downey Jr.) enter the scene as they follow a group of privileged uptown teenagers who, intrigued by Rich and his crowd, find themselves drawn to the hip hop lifestyle.

Meanwhile, unbeknownst to all, NYPD detective Mark Clear (Ben Stiller) attempts to trap Bower by blackmailing his childhood friend, Dean (Allan Houston), a popular college basketball player. When Dean's malevolent girlfriend (Claudia Schiffer) tells Rich about the sting, she sets in motion a chain of events that will change everyone's lives forever.

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