American Pimp (2000)

American Pimp



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Allen Hughes and Albert Hughes made their debut as documentary filmmakers in this examination of a previously unexplored side of the American sex industry. As its title suggests, American Pimp offers a look at American pimps -- who they are, what they do, and why they do it. A number of real-life pimps (with names like Filmore Slim, C-Note, and Gorgeous Dre) explain the financial and psychological relationships between pimps and prostitutes, while clips from classic blaxploitation films of the … More

Rating: R
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Oct 17, 2000


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Critic Reviews for American Pimp

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11)

A disappointing docu debut drom the gifted Hughes brothers, a soft, uncritical exploration of pimps that ignores issues of race, misogyny and violence; helmers seem carried away by the "exotic" lifestyle of this morally dubious profession.

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Entertainment Weekly
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Detroit News
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Full Review… | October 28, 2011
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for American Pimp


This is a really funny and informative sort of documentary.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


'American Pimp' is fascinating from start to finish. The Hughes brothers documentary is relatively non-judgmental, and lets the flamboyant and ultra-verbal pimps do the talking. And boy, can they talk! This lack of moralizing troubles some viewers but I found it refreshing not to be manipulated and told what to think about a subject for once. Audiences will be divided in their reactions and opinions to these guys and I like it that way. Recommended viewing for anyone with an open mind and a sense of the absurd.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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