American Pimp (2000)
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Critic Reviews for American Pimp
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.
There's a built-in staleness to American Pimp that the Hughes Brothers are never able to overcome.
Wild, real and raw.
Celebrates an evil.
The Hughes Brothers stylized and provocative expose' about street hustling flesh merchants...comical, disturbing and revealing.
Audience Reviews for American Pimp
American Pimp (The Hughes Brothers, 1999) [originally posted 28Mar2001] It shouldn't surprise anyone that stereotypes are wrong, and that the truth is always far more complex than many would have us believe. Allen and Albert Hughes, disaffected with the red tape and mechanics of Hollywood after their first two fantastic films (Menace II Society and Dead Presidents), set out to make an independent documentary that shed a little more light on the pimp than the stereotypical evil man in a thousand-dollar suit injecting his stable of whores with heroin every few hours to keep them pliant. They do a credible job, for the most part. The Hughes Brothers themselves are never part of the film, except for a chuckle here or a sotto voce question there, preferring to let the pimps, and a prostitute here and there, tell the stories themselves. It becomes quickly obvious that both pimps and prostitutes are sharp, interesting characters. They belie some of the stereotypes, while reinforcing others. But most important, they come off as human. Ultimately, the film runs ten to fifteen minutes too long, but it's well-enough put together that the error is forgivable. A viewing of this might make the average American rethink his views on the sex industry in America today. ***
Interesting, but might glamorize pimping just a bit too much. I feel this could have delved deeper into the business and really gone to some dark and fascinating places, but it stays pretty surface and mainly focuses on interviews instead of letting us watch them in work.
This is a really funny and informative sort of documentary.
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