GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up!
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GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up!
Documentary filmmakers William Arntz and E. Raymond Brown draw parallels between Wall Street power players and ghetto pimps through interviews with such outspoken celebrities as Ice-T, KRS-One, Too Short, and Dr. Cornel West. Animations and satirical dramatizations portray how the same power techniques implemented by pimps to keep their employees under control are being emulated by the powers that be in order to keep the general public sedate, and real-life pimps offer compelling insight into the complex power dynamics that help to ensure that the person holding the most cash always comes out… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's notion that an understanding that life on the street works much like it does in the corridors of the highest levels of politics, government, religion and the military has much merit, but GhettoPhysics undercuts its approach..."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It's all low budget and inventive, and mildly impressive if far too repetitive and ultimately fuzzy."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Smart if sometimes overbearing...provides considerable food for thought."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"If this film is nothing else (and it may be nothing else) it's funny and (ironically) fundamentally true."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's basically the stuff of a Bill Maher monologue, knocked down a few reading levels and spun into a low-budg gonzo smorgasbord of brashly tacky styles. Bleep became a cult hit, and so could this -- of the WTF?-camp variety."
‑ Karina Longworth, L.A. Weekly
"Unfortunately, the interviews are interspersed with a drama that clutters the message more than illuminates it."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"The argument: All human power dynamics come down to the basic street hustle"
‑ Corey Hall, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"A film aimed squarely at making you stupider."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"The concept -- that everyone and everything is either exploiting or being exploited -- gets old fast, and never loses its cheap misogynist edge."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A radically ingenious, in-your-face documentary hybrid that takes the basic street relationship between pimps and hookers and holds it up on a global scale."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Hold on E. Raymond, since I'm the movie critic here, I get to be the pimp. So let me chime in before things get too out of hand. Showing up in a film to peddle your condescending sales pitch may be a tad insulting and simply dumbing down the demographic"
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Are you a pimp or a ho? You're either one or the other according to E. Raymond Brown."
‑ Kam Williams,