Wassup Rockers

Critics Consensus

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

38%

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Total Count: 53

64%

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"Wassup Rockers" follows the real-life story of a group of South Central teens who ride skateboards and listen to punk rock instead of conforming to their neighborhood's hip-hop culture. Constantly harassed, they take buses to Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Hollywood, where they skate and catch the attention of the local rich girls, inevitably leading to trouble with parents, police and boyfriends.

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Critic Reviews for Wassup Rockers

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (33)

  • Tries to say something profound about these kids, while oversimplifying the world around them to the point of ridiculousness.

    Jul 7, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Steeped in urban-youth woes but gets a bounce from Clark's sense of humor and hope.

    Jul 7, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The main characters may be refreshingly cliché-free, but almost everyone they meet in Beverly Hills is a stilted cartoon.

    Jul 7, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    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.

    Jul 6, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 5, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • The first half is a striking piece of photojournalism with little dramatic interest, and the second half is a highly contrived narrative that forfeits any claim to realism.

    Jun 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wassup Rockers

  • Jun 12, 2011
    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.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2011
    Creative, well-produced flick. Some of the kids really can't act, and some of their adventures are unrealistically excessive, but entertaining story nonetheless.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2011
    As a Larry Clark fan can't help feeling he has become one trick pony, The cinema verite style is great but he seems to have lost the desire for captivating narrative. Maybe he needs to work with Harmony Korine again to re-capture his earlier magic
    Jon H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2011
    My friend, Mike, is in this movie!!! I love it!
    Haley A Super Reviewer

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