Wassup Rockers
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Photographer and filmmaker Larry Clark offers another look at the inner workings of urban youth culture in this comedy drama. Jonathan (Jonathan Velasquez) is a teenaged El Salvadorian refugee living in a primarily Mexican-American and African-American neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles. Jonathan and a handful of fellow Salvadorian émigrés who are his best friends stand out like sore thumbs on the block, due less to their national origin than because they've rejected the hip-hop music and fashion around them in favor of old-school punk, as favored by the Ramones and latter-day… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Makes you wish Clark had quit trying to cook up adventures for his cast and made a straight documentary instead."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The main characters may be refreshingly cliché-free, but almost everyone they meet in Beverly Hills is a stilted cartoon."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Clark's warmest, loosest work yet, but it would have been better if the director had realized he didn't need to make us hate everyone else in order to get us to love these little dudes."
‑ Jon Frosch, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"It was hard to keep awake during all the tedium."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Clark's vision of Los Angeles, where extravagant fantasies and inner-city social issues wildly intersect."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Tries to say something profound about these kids, while oversimplifying the world around them to the point of ridiculousness."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"What might have been a fascinating, intimate portrait turns into something much less compelling when Clark tries to impose a sex-and-action-packed narrative on the proceedings."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Boredom is the loftiest running theme in Larry Clark's films, and "Wassup Rockers" (imagine asking to buy a ticket for that title) takes dullness to a new low."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"...a sharply observed look at juvenile rebellion"
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
"Even Clark's fans probably won't be surprised to hear the result is a low-key, pervy mess."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
"Steeped in urban-youth woes but gets a bounce from Clark's sense of humor and hope."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"The sexy, scruffy, neo-Warriors pageantry of ghetto teen hunger would have been a lot more vital if Clark didn't have such a class-war chip on his shoulder."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"The themes are set up and then completely pushed into the background in exchange for almost endless dribble that feels more like a first time attempt of a film student rather than an actual film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Film Threat
"A documentary about these kids could have been terrific, but Clark involves them in a clunkily scripted melodrama instead."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The initially realistic drama takes a turn into the truly bizarre and surreal. At that point, the film becomes a grotesque, nearly unwatchable cartoon."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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