Wassup Rockers (2006)

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

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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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R (for pervasive language, some violence, sexual content and teen drinking)
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Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Cast

Magnolia 'Claudia' Rivas
as Jonathan's Mother
Ana Maria
as Milton's Mother
Cindy Velasquez
as Jonathan's Sister
Bryce Blue
as Berkley
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Critic Reviews for Wassup Rockers

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (24)

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Full Review… | August 5, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Makes you wish Clark had quit trying to cook up adventures for his cast and made a straight documentary instead.

July 20, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Full Review… | July 7, 2006
Dallas Morning News
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Tries to say something profound about these kids, while oversimplifying the world around them to the point of ridiculousness.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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Steeped in urban-youth woes but gets a bounce from Clark's sense of humor and hope.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
Houston Chronicle
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The main characters may be refreshingly cliché-free, but almost everyone they meet in Beverly Hills is a stilted cartoon.

Full Review… | July 7, 2006
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Wassup Rockers

½

Creative, well-produced flick. Some of the kids really can't act, and some of their adventures are unrealistically excessive, but entertaining story nonetheless.

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison
½

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 Harris
Ed Fucking Harris

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My friend, Mike, is in this movie!!! I love it!

Haley Anderson
Haley Anderson

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