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WHITEBOYS

SYNOPSIS:
Flip a.k.a. Flip Dogg (Danny Hoch) is young white man living in a small rural town in Iowa; but fancies himself as a black rapper. Flip dreams of getting out and living in the projects in Chicago - at least until heís made millions from his first record. His friends James (Dash Mihok) and Trevor (Mark Webber), and girlfriend Sara (Piper Perabo) are caught up in his hip-hop world. But when Flip hooks up with Khalid (Eugene Byrd) the only black guy in town, it looks like his dream of getting to the city will finally be fulfilled.

"Performance artist Danny Hoch conceived and stars in this story of a deluded white boy dreaming of life as a black artist. Whiteboys has some interesting things to say about pursuing your dreams, about media manipulation and about the harsh realities of race relations in America. The difficulty with the film is that itís constructed in a way which obscures its messages. Director Marc Levin canít seem to decide whether he wants to make the film a comedy, a drama or a crime thriller. And at times the plot runs into dead spots, marked by the use of largely unsuccessful dream sequences. The film makes extensive use of hip-hop and rap music (as youíd expect) but itís so overused it eventually loses its punch. But for all that, Whiteboys is a surprisingly thoughtful, and at times funny and quite touching film. Hoch basically carries the film as Flip and does a pretty good job. The character is a young man struggling to come to terms with who he is, and Hoch manages to convey not only his affectations, but also his fears and delusions. The supporting cast is largely relegated to the background; but Piper Perabo as Flipís girlfriend who has to come to terms with her own problems and Eugene Byrd as Khalid are both standouts. Whiteboys is an odd little curio of a film - interesting in its own way and occasionally insightful, but too muddled to be considered a true success."
David Edwards

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WHITEBOYS (M 15+)
(US)

CAST: Danny Hoch, Dash Mihok, Mark Webber, Piper Perabo, Eugene Byrd, Bonz Malone

DIRECTOR: Marc Levin

PRODUCER: Henri M. Kessler, Richard Stratton, Ezra Swerdlow

SCRIPT: Garth Belcon Danny Hoch (story); Garth Belcon, Danny Hoch, Marc Levin, Richard Stratton (screenplay)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Mark Benjamin

EDITOR: Emir Lewis

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dave Doernberg

RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 8, 2000 (Brisbane only)







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