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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Joshua Land
Village Voice

How to Eat is finally nostalgic, albeit less so for Van Peebles, who at 73 remains active on multiple artistic fronts, than for a lost era when brash individualism and radical politics seemed to go hand in hand.

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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 ...

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.

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.

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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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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