How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It)
How to Eat Your Watermelon in White Company (And Enjoy It) (2005)

Melvin Van Peebles created a new style of African-American filmmaking in 1971, when on a shoestring budget he made Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, a violent action picture about a sex-show stud on the run from the police that below… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 7, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nathan Rabin
AV Club

[Van Peebles] could surely survive a more critical and complete look at his extraordinary life and times.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

This documentary about the pioneering black filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles is nearly as mischevious and fascinating as its subject.

Christopher Campbell

A phenomenal outline of [Melvin Van Peeble's] prolific and varied life.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

... enlightening doc ...

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Melvin Van Peebles gets the idolatrous treatment in this documentary by first-time director Joe Angio.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The first film to fully encompass Van Peebles' long, varied and impressive career.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Angio's film is an excellent introduction, but it won't be long before you realize that his subject is too complex to be contained in a single admiring tribute.

Gene Seymour

Frisky, enthralling and inspiring.

Kam Williams

A warts and all bio-pic which chronicles the life of a brash Renaissance Man who, frustrated by racism in America, abandoned the U.S. for France at an early age to pursue an assortment of artistic endeavors overseas.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
Although many know him primarily through his work on film(notably the landmark "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song"), what the entertaining and… More