Black and White

1999, Drama/Lgbtq+, 1h 38m

82 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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The atmosphere is affecting, and the story, at times, is compelling, but with a lean script and limp direction, Black and White doesn't add up to much. Read critic reviews

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Rich Bower (Power) is an up-and-coming star in the hip-hop world. Everyone wants to be around him, including Raven (Gaby Hoffman) and her fellow upper-class white high school friends. The growing appeal of black culture among white teens fascinates documentary filmmaker Sam Donager (Brooke Shields), who sets out to chronicle it with her husband, Terry (Robert Downey Jr.). But before Bower was a rapper, he was a gangster, and his criminal past comes back to haunt him and all those around him.

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  • Jul 31, 2008
    Robert Downey Jr. & Jared Leto are in this I think I saw Brooke Shields too. However I think for the first time half way through the movie I turned it off & didn't bother with it. Its nothing but hip Hop B.S. & Sorry but Being I knew a White chick (or a couple) that used to act 'like she black'.. I couldn't take the horrible grammar etc. I think about 15 minutes in is when it officially lost my interest. F
  • Nov 26, 2007
    I'm sure I'd reviewed this film on Flixster but apparently not. Anyway, <i>Black & White</i> is a pretty unmemorable comment on race and culture, but there is good improvising from a typically excellent Robert Downey Jr. <p>Director James Toback is here evidentially trying to do a "Robert Altman" by splicing interweaving story lines, but to be honest the whole thing is pretty messy and actually quite contrived.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2007
    James Toback always pushes genres and types to clash, this is the same here. Over priviledged upper class white kids trying to be gangsta juxtapositioned against under priviledged black drug dealers trying to get into the business culture of recording artists. There is a great scene where Robert Downey Jr tries to chat up Mike Tyson (this was improvised without Tyson knowing what was going to happpen) and his reaction is priceless. An Altmanesque treat of a film
    Jon H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 10, 2007
    A film that tries to cast Mike Tyson as an intellectual is never going to be that good. Odd film that shows how some white kids think it's cool to act gangster. Also shows how a promising basketball player gets caught up in the illegal activities of his friends.
    Dean K Super Reviewer

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