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July 11th, 2006
Wassup Rockers

wassup rockersThis film is hitting the West Coast hard and fast – just like the skaters it profiles. Wassup Rockers, directed by Larry Clark, is a jarring look at inner city life and the innocents that grow and play amongst the violence and general craziness of South Central Los Angeles. I did flinch at the punk rock sound track – but I fell for the story and the young boys in it. About 8-9 young latin men who spend there days skating, flying thru ugliness of life so that appears like a colorful blur in the background. The boys are real-not actors. Larry Clark (previous films KIDS & BULLY) recruited a few of them for a high profile french fashion magazine ad about 3 years ago. After the Saturday shoot – he dropped the boys off home, saving them several hours and dollars to get back. The next Saturday – they called him up and asked him to take them skating. Thereafter, every Saturday for 18 months, Larry took them skating all over the Los Angeles basin. Eventually he realized he had more than new friends, he had a viable story to tell. I really enjjoyed this film. Kico and Jonathan are adorable and have film futures ahead of them. Patti Anne sez check it out!

One thought on “Wassup Rockers

  1. The Chronicle film reviewer P. Hartlaub so did not get this film.
    “Clark infuses the plot with annoying stereotypes, including a racist cop
    and Charlton Heston clone, who pollute the film’s message.”
    What exactly would that message be ? I found the blatent
    stereotypes refreshing as the latino kids were “real” and everyone
    else was a walking talking acting obvious stereotype. I thought THAT
    was the message. To see the world thru the kids eyes and for us to
    see them as real.

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