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L.A. Riot Spectacular
The controversial satire The LA Riot Spectacular plays for mordent laughs the events that consumed L.A. in 1992, after the police officers on trial for beating motorist Rodney King were found innocent. The city was engulfed by a massive riot, but the film plays these moments for laughs. In addition to recreating some of the images seen on television, the film skewers a variety of figures including the police, the media, and the citizens of the city.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The] pic feels overlong because once it's established that this is going to be a tasteless, if occasionally hilarious, exercise in social criticism, the movie needs to constantly accelerate the level of hilarity, which is impossible to do."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"...occasionally funny, but the tone is mostly one of frantic and forced "outrageousness"..."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"A veteran director of music videos, [Marc] Klasfeld has for his feature film debut churned out a lifeless series of sketch-comedy ideas that presumably would make even the Wayans brothers blanch at their broadness."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Stunningly, the end of 'The L.A. Riot Spectacular' promises a sequel taking on the OJ Simpson trial. If I have to physically go to the west coast and prevent this from happening, I'm prepared to make that commitment."
‑ Brian Orndorf, FilmJerk.com
"The gags are mortally unfunny."
‑ Steven Mikulan, L.A. Weekly
"A film that works overtime to offend each and every ethnic group and economic class that makes up the smoggy purgatory of Los Angeles while simultaneously patting itself on the back for being so putatively daring."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
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