American Pimp
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Albert and Allen Hughes, the writing and directing team of Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, turn their documentary eye to the world of street pimps in this 1999 Sundance Film Festival Documentary Competition entry. The black urban pimps interviewed here open up to reveal their world and their secrets to the camera in a film that is not about sex, but about power. We meet pimps named Filmore Slim, C-Note, K-Red, Gorgeous Dre, and Rosebudd as they discuss their business, including percentages, lifestyles, stealing "ho's," and the Player's Ball. These men exude charm and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A disappointing docu debut drom the gifted Hughes brothers, a soft, uncritical exploration of pimps that ignores issues of race, misogyny and violence; helmers seem carried away by the "exotic" lifestyle of this morally dubious profession."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Celebrates an evil."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"By the time the movie ends we're left wondering if perhaps we weren't just celebrating these predators."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"There's a built-in staleness to American Pimp that the Hughes Brothers are never able to overcome."
‑ David Luty, Film Journal International
"The Hughes Brothers stylized and provocative expose' about street hustling flesh merchants...comical, disturbing and revealing."
‑ Frank Ochieng,
"The film could never get to the core of what makes the pimp think in such a perverted way."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wild, real and raw."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A surprising -- and surprisingly non-salacious -- non-fiction treat. It's a credit to the Hughes brothers that viewers leave with a much grayer picture of what an American pimp is all about."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
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