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Wassup Rockers (2005)

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36

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 53
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 34

As usual with Clark's films, the fixation on kids is rather creepy, plus the plot eventually runs off the rails into camp.

48

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 12

As usual with Clark's films, the fixation on kids is rather creepy, plus the plot eventually runs off the rails into camp.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 8,637

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Movie Info

Photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark offers another look at the inner workings of urban youth culture in this comedy drama. Jonathan (Jonathan Velasquez) is a teenaged El Salvadorian refugee living in a primarily Mexican-American and African-American neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. Jonathan and a handful of fellow Salvadorian émigrés who are his best friends stand out like sore thumbs on the block, due less to their national origin than because they've rejected the hip-hop music and

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Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

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Larry Clark

Nov 21, 2006

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Makes you wish Clark had quit trying to cook up adventures for his cast and made a straight documentary instead.

July 20, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Tries to say something profound about these kids, while oversimplifying the world around them to the point of ridiculousness.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Steeped in urban-youth woes but gets a bounce from Clark's sense of humor and hope.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The main characters may be refreshingly cliché-free, but almost everyone they meet in Beverly Hills is a stilted cartoon.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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What might have been a fascinating, intimate portrait turns into something much less compelling when Clark tries to impose a sex-and-action-packed narrative on the proceedings.

July 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The sexy, scruffy, neo-Warriors pageantry of ghetto teen hunger would have been a lot more vital if Clark didn't have such a class-war chip on his shoulder.

July 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Clark's warmest, loosest work yet, but it would have been better if the director had realized he didn't need to make us hate everyone else in order to get us to love these little dudes.

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Boredom is the loftiest running theme in Larry Clark's films, and "Wassup Rockers" (imagine asking to buy a ticket for that title) takes dullness to a new low.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The themes are set up and then completely pushed into the background in exchange for almost endless dribble that feels more like a first time attempt of a film student rather than an actual film...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It was hard to keep awake during all the tedium.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...a sharply observed look at juvenile rebellion

August 31, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

A documentary about these kids could have been terrific, but Clark involves them in a clunkily scripted melodrama instead.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Clark's vision of Los Angeles, where extravagant fantasies and inner-city social issues wildly intersect.

July 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Even Clark's fans probably won't be surprised to hear the result is a low-key, pervy mess.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The initially realistic drama takes a turn into the truly bizarre and surreal. At that point, the film becomes a grotesque, nearly unwatchable cartoon.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It may not dig very deep, but it has a certain grubby charm, and it doesn't overplay its hand.

July 9, 2006 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

This is an improvement in some ways, but losing the edginess also means there's nothing special about this film.

July 7, 2006 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

This film is neither controversial nor interesting enough to warrant much attention either way.

July 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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Audience Reviews for Wassup Rockers

Pretty decent film from Larry Clark. Not as exploitative as many of his other films, this still deals with the same themes of youth and loss of innocence and centers around a group of young skate kids. The film still has a lot of awkward and uncomfrtable sex scenes, here they are a lot less graphic than in movies like Kids, Bully or (especially) Ken Park. Infact this time around all close ups at teenage genetalia are above the pants which is quite a relief in a lot of ways, even if the film doesn't exactly pack the same punch as his earlier work. Also it is clear here that this is Larry Clarks show. Harmony Korine didn't write this like he did Kids and Ken Park and that odd almost gritty surrealism of Kids (expecially) isn't presnt here anymore. Instead this goes for more of a verite, documentary type style. Also features a pretty decent skate punk soundtrack. Not as good as I had hoped, but not bad at all. That being said Clarks films still aren't going to be for everyone, so use your better judgement. If you've seen any of his other films and didn't like them you probably won't like this one either.
June 12, 2011
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My friend, Mike, is in this movie!!! I love it!
March 24, 2011
ilive4discus

Super Reviewer

Gritty, and Dark Humored. Wassup Rockers is a great film, about a group of kids from South Central, who take a spur of the moment trip to Beverly Hills and embark on an twisted and oddly humorous journey that ultimately makes them realize that the only thing that matters is what they think.
March 28, 2009
Jason Reneau

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