Zebrahead (1992)

An interracial romance sparks social upheaval in this indie drama from first-time writer/director Anthony Drazan. Jewish high school student Zack Glass (Michael Rapaport) lives with his widowed, womanizing father (Ray Sharkey) in one of the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 23, 1992
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2002
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Janet Maslin
New York Times

In the absence of the usual teen-movie pyrotechnics, Zebrahead has a quiet, stagy style, more like a 1950's teleplay with a social conscience than a stormy present-day tale of racial strife.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

In Anthony Drazan's enjoyably offbeat Zebrahead, racial definition is the least important thing about anybody.

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Stephen Farber

The shooting seems like a lame attempt to inflate a small, well-observed story with a significance it hasn't earned.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Zebrahead is a thoughtful film that speaks honestly and hopefully to urban teens. Drazan has earned his stripes.

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Emanuel Levy

The movie takes us to the two places where bigotry are both nurtured and perpetuated, the home (here single parent) and the racially diverse school, where the youngsters prove more mature and open-minded than their parents.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

The pulsing beats collected by music supervisor M.C. Serch...act almost as another living player in the film, imbuing it with a certitude which surely would have left Drazan's film lacking had it not been there.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Zebrahead is not so much a movie as notes toward a movie - a good one, judging by what's on the screen.

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Scott Weinberg

A movie more earnest and well-meaning than wholly successful, Zebrahead is still worthy of praise - if only for treating its teenagers like actual people.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Some of the film comes off as rather superficial, but there are moments of truth that ring throughout.

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