The L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005)

The L.A. Riot Spectacular




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The controversial satire The LA Riot Spectacular plays for mordent laughs the events that consumed L.A. in 1992, after the police officers on trial for beating motorist Rodney King were found innocent. The city was engulfed by a massive riot, but the film plays these moments for laughs. In addition to recreating some of the images seen on television, the film skewers a variety of figures including the police, the media, and the citizens of the city.

Rating: R (for pervasive language, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Marc Klasfeld
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 15, 2006
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as George Holliday

as Rodney King

as Soon-Il Lee

as Byung Lee

as Chief Gates

as Narrator

as Mayor Bradley

as The King Of Beverly ...

as Officer Powell

as Steve Lerman
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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

[The] pic feels overlong because once it's established that this is going to be a tasteless, if occasionally hilarious, exercise in social criticism, the movie needs to constantly accelerate the level of hilarity, which is impossible to do.

Full Review… | August 10, 2006
Top Critic

A veteran director of music videos, [Marc] Klasfeld has for his feature film debut churned out a lifeless series of sketch-comedy ideas that presumably would make even the Wayans brothers blanch at their broadness.

Full Review… | August 10, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The gags are mortally unfunny.

Full Review… | August 10, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

...occasionally funny, but the tone is mostly one of frantic and forced "outrageousness"...

August 10, 2006
Los Angeles CityBeat

Stunningly, the end of 'The L.A. Riot Spectacular' promises a sequel taking on the OJ Simpson trial. If I have to physically go to the west coast and prevent this from happening, I'm prepared to make that commitment.

Full Review… | August 4, 2006

A film that works overtime to offend each and every ethnic group and economic class that makes up the smoggy purgatory of Los Angeles while simultaneously patting itself on the back for being so putatively daring.

Full Review… | July 15, 2006

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