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American Pimp (2000)

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 '70s (including The Mack and Willie Dynamite) contrast the Hollywood perception of African-American pimps with the flashy but somewhat different reality of the Hughes brothers' subjects. American Pimp allows these denizens of the sexual underworld to speak for themselves, mostly without editorial judgment from the filmmakers. The film premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival.more
Rating: R
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Oct 17, 2000
Underworld Entertainment Production

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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.

Full Review… | April 5, 2007
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Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | June 9, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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

this is an interesting but ultimately kind of despicable film that manages to show all all the pomp and swagger of the pimp life while mostly sidestepping the hard fact that pimps are, at their core, human traffickers of the most common order.

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