GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up!
GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up! (2010)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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...

Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

Unfortunately, the interviews are interspersed with a drama that clutters the message more than illuminates it.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Smart if sometimes overbearing...provides considerable food for thought.

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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The argument: All human power dynamics come down to the basic street hustle

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It's all low budget and inventive, and mildly impressive if far too repetitive and ultimately fuzzy.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

What saves it from starry-eyed fuzziness and grounds it in sociopolitical reality is Brown's clear-sighted anger and the astute perceptions of talking heads including Cornel West, Ice-T and Norman Lear.

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Prairie Miller

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

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