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The film's notion that an understanding that life on the street works much like it does in the corridors of the highest levels of politics, government, religion and the military has much merit, but GhettoPhysics undercuts its approach...
It's basically the stuff of a Bill Maher monologue, knocked down a few reading levels and spun into a low-budg gonzo smorgasbord of brashly tacky styles. Bleep became a cult hit, and so could this -- of the WTF?-camp variety.
It's all low budget and inventive, and mildly impressive if far too repetitive and ultimately fuzzy.
Unfortunately, the interviews are interspersed with a drama that clutters the message more than illuminates it.
A radically ingenious, in-your-face documentary hybrid that takes the basic street relationship between pimps and hookers and holds it up on a global scale.
What saves it from starry-eyed fuzziness and grounds it in sociopolitical reality is Brown's clear-sighted anger and the astute perceptions of talking heads including Cornel West, Ice-T and Norman Lear.
Smart if sometimes overbearing...provides considerable food for thought.
The argument: All human power dynamics come down to the basic street hustle
Hold on E. Raymond, since I'm the movie critic here, I get to be the pimp. So let me chime in before things get too out of hand. Showing up in a film to peddle your condescending sales pitch may be a tad insulting and simply dumbing down the demographic
If this film is nothing else (and it may be nothing else) it's funny and (ironically) fundamentally true.
A film aimed squarely at making you stupider.
Are you a pimp or a ho? You're either one or the other according to E. Raymond Brown.
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