In a virtually all-white Iowa town, Flip daydreams of being a hip-hop star, hanging with Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. He practices in front of a mirror and with his two pals, James and Trevor. He talks Black slang, he dresses Black. Hes also a wannabe pusher, selling flour as cocaine. And while he talks about keeping it real, he hardly notices real life around him his fathers been laid off, his mother uses Food Stamps, his girlfriend is pregnant, James may be psychotic, one of his friends (one of the towns few Black kids) is preparing for college, and, on a trip to Chicago to try to buy drugs, the cops shoot real bullets. What will it take for Flip to get real?
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i like the fact that he wants to go to chicago and do a drug deal. then he gets beat up by the dealers and asks if he is "in". doesn't get much better than that.
This movie is about a bunch of white wannabe rappers in rural Iowa. Thesewhite boys cannot rap and really are horrible. It is downright patheticatpoints where you can't even laugh. However, it gets good at the end wherethese farm boys get their asses kicked in a Chicago Ghetto and realizethatthe ghetto is no place to dream about.
I first rented this movie looking for a few laughs. Take as either good orbad, but I've known a lot of kids just like this. Adolescence is a timewhere you seek meaning, and whether your friends wore black cloaks, Fubupants or Dead Kennedys t-shirts, everyone looks for a way to stake outtheirown identity. This quest for self is usually masked behind defensive mentaland emotional walls. Set this to the backdrop of a socially confining smallIowa farm town, and you're able to get past the sneers and narrowvocabularyof Flip and crew. The daydream scenes of champagne-drinkingdiamond-clustered thug videos (that are all too common these days) proveextremely funny mainly due to their ironically realistic portrayal ofsimilar videos. The climax of the drug buy gone sour paired with the ratrace of reflection seen at the end brings a decently snug close to a moviewhose plot did not meander in too many directions to begin with.
It took me a few days of flipping past this movie before I finallyconvincedmyself to see what it was about, but I was surprised to find that it wasactually entertaining. Whiteboys looks into the lives of farmtown whitekids obsessed with black "gangsta" rap and the lifestyle that seems tosurround it. This movie is filled with funny moments but also has somepretty serious moments. As I read the other comments, I noticed the mainpeople offended was from Iowa, and everyone else just had something goovertheir head. I can say that even though I've never met any white boys thisstupid, it is some wannabees out there who may have saw this movie and sawthemselves a little bit. I found it funny the way they saw Khalid becauseIsee that happen all the time. I can't tell you how many times someone hascame to me assuming that I automatically know where to get drugs from.Onthe flip side, it is also some black kids in suburbia who idolize a thuglifestyle and wish to try to live it out,too. So really it not so muchabout race as it is dealing with growing up, coming of age, and findingyourself and all those things. Oh yeah, you can throw in rebelling fromyour parents, too. It was intersesting to see how the characters hadchangedby the end of the movie. I guess I'm done rambling now, but this isdefinitely worth renting when you've ran out of big name moives to rent,personally I'd buy the DVD but wouldn't spend more that $15 to buyit.
This movie focuses on a young man and his friends from Iowa who dream of making it big in the hip-hop world. The main character named Flip, daydreams about hanging with Snoop and Dr. Dre, talks like he's a brotha, talks slang like he's a brotha and is a drug pusher who sells cocaine. Flip always talks about "keepin it real", but yet still refuses to see the real life around him. When he convinces his only black friend to take him and his friends to Chicago to buy drugs, he finds out what the real world is really like.
I get the feeling that this film might've been advertised as a comedy, butyes, it does border on some serious issues that should be acknowledged.Still, there are several scenes in WHITEBOYS that had me busting up, mostnotably Flip's daydreaming sequences, which has him imagining about beingaccepted by urban thugs just because he's "down" with hip-hop.Overall,I ended up being impressed by this film. Well acted, well written,and well filmed. I would'nt mind catching it again!
To me,this movie reflects the narrow view of what it means to be Black that many whites and some Blacks have about Blackness. That's no criticism of the movie,because it's a fact that there is a misguided view of Blacks that exists in many people's minds similar to that of these whiteboyz. Gangstas can come in all colors and not just Black.
this movie is so bad i had to stop watching it towards the end. for some reason i thought this was a comedy not a long boring drama. this movie would have been better if the writting was any good. it is just so bad that i couldn't even get offended by the use of the "N" word, it was just an awfull addition to my movie collection. Danny Hoch is still a good actor in my opionon, he just needs to talk to his agent or whomever is giving him scripts like this one to just say no. if he can turn down the sienfield show he can turn down these crummy movies as well.
With this movie, Daniel Hoch certified himself as one of the mostpromisingactors ever. Appearing in such historic films such as Prison Song, Jails,Hospitals, and Hip Hop, and who could forget Timmi Hillinigger fromBamboozled, he has shown why he is the best at what he does and what hedoesis act. Must see movie.
This is quite possibly the funniest movie i have ever seen! When Flip wasrapping in the mirror, i almost cried from laughing so hard. The wholevideowith Snoop Dogg at the end was great too. I honestly don't think i stoppedlaughing throughout the entirety of this movie. If you like laughing atdumbkids pretending to be from the ghetto, rent this movie!
Obviously the only people who have something sooooo against this movie arethe people from iowa. Did you people see this movie in the true storysection of the library or something? What gives you the idea that the filmwas not supposed to be fictional?! This is one of the funniest "whiteboy"comedy's of the 90's. I am white and did not find this movie offensive ordegrading at all! I think this is a good example for the "wannabe"gangstasout there!GET REAL!
I am from Davenport, Iowa, where much of this film (the Iowa scenes,obviously) were shot. In fact, one of the cops in the film was played bythereal life Mayor of Davenport at the time. The reason I give thisbackground,is because I know people that want to be like the protagonist, and the filmrings falsely at almost every turn. It is almost painful to see how thefilmtreats these wanna-bees. The truth is, that if these guys were as stupid asthey are portrayed in this movie, they wouldn't need to go to a big city toget a big city whuppin'. Make no mistake, there are drug dealers here, too,despite what Hollywood wants you to think. Don't get me wrong, most drugdealers are not too smart, but they are smart enough to know when they arein a bad situation, the characters here seem like they are counting ontheiridiocy to get them through, and that makes me angry. Plus, the underlying"fish-out-of-water" story has been done much better in films like "BottleRocket". Don't waste your time.
OK, only half-joking about the one line summary (alluding to the B. Boysthroughout this comment), I am a huge Beastie Boys fan (and most of hip-hopin general; Run-D.M.C. are the kings). Yes, Flip (Danny Hoch), Trevor (MarcWebber), and James (Dash Mihok) are respectable emcees (no where as good asthe Beasties) and have good hearts, but they live in a fantasy land. Theyare so caught up in their dreams of living the "good life", that they don'trecognize how bad things are in reality. Flip seems to be the one who hasthe most trouble accepting things the way they are. His father has beenlaid off and his mother uses food stamps to pay for groceries, and aboveall, he has gotten his girlfriend Sara (Piper Perabo) pregnant. He is socaught up in the "false" glamour of the ghetto lifestyle, that he thinkshe's black and practices explaining his 'hood background in front of amirror. Really, the biggest problem is he just can't accept that he's whiteand living in Iowa, and that his only black friend is Khalid (Eugene Byrd),who quickly becomes disgusted with the way Flip and his friends areacting.Now, not that the "Whiteboyz" are splitting images of their New Yorkcounterparts (Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA), but they are going to experiencethe same harsh public criticisms that the Beastie Boys had gone through, andI suspect that if they hit it big (which they won't), they won't shape uptheir act (like the Beasties did) and become respectable rap artists. Evenso, "Whiteboyz" doesn't aim to stand as a cautionary fable against whites inhip-hop, but more as a metaphor for the progressive movement of the musicinto non-African-American audiences. I mean, Flip lives in Iowa for cryingout loud! The Beasties themselves, who before becoming involved with DefJam, were three untalented punkers, who knew little if anything abouthip-hop and eventually moved into rap and became the three great emcees theyare today. Flip was the same way before, a slob I don't know, but hecertainly acted differently from the way he acts in the beginning of thefilm. Anyways, unlike their New York counterparts, these "'boys" live in afictionalized world where it will take an act of total stupidity to wakethem up from this fantasy. Yes, by the end, the walls are all going to comecrashing down."Whiteboyz" is undoubtedly one of the best films about hip-hop I have everseen, and it shouldn't be missed by anyone. True it's geared towards ablack audience (I'm African-American myself), but you can tell by the filmscentral themes and the subject matter, it's geared more towards a whiteaudience. Even so, don't miss it, regardless of skin color.9/10
If you are from the midwest and are Not infatuated with pop culture, thenthis movie is very funny. I have my own phrase "thug passion" which is myway of describing the unexplainable. Why are attractive girls obsessed withwannabbee gangstas? It's because of a "quality" that can't quite bedescribed. Whiteboyz explains this phenomenon as well as I can.
I Loved the movie!I was hysterical laughing during the popcorn scene and bittersweet duringthe Snoop-Dog scene (wonderful!) because its contents were so funny butitscontext of the prison so sad. The Cabrini scene was a tour de force ofdirection and the final fantasy in the cornfields as well as othersituations where Flip expresses or demonstrates his view of racism makesthis movie so unique for its daring to voice the subject.
Someone PLEASE explain to me why I sat through this entire movie!!! Iabsolutely hated it..The only reason I watched is because i was havingtrouble sleeping & it was on at like 3am on HBO. Also, it had Mark Webberinit, & I am generally a fan of his. But not this time. This movie is about3white boys from Iowa who think they're black...And, well...that'sbasicallyit. Please don't waste your time or your brain cells by watching thisawfulpicture. Not to mention Danny Hoch, as Flip..He is awful, & so extremelyunattractive & untalented. I give this movie a big fat ZERO on a scale ofone to ten.
whiteboys, where to start with you? let's see here. first off: thisfilm was a really great idea, and seeing as how it came out in 1999 ihave to say it's ahead of it's time. in today's world where hip hop andrap rule the radio stations and kids strive as hard as they can to be"street" this film portrays that and portrays is pretty accurately. three farm boys who long to be more than farm boys, a story that hasbeen seen before in movies like "a river runs through it" where a ruralboy grows up and chooses to be a journalist but still keeps in toughwith his roots. but this takes that idea, and skews it. it takes theidea and twists it in such a way that the viewer is left thinking thatthe director is racist, and the movie is stupid. and yet the story ofkids growing up on the farm and leaving their rural roots is a storythat is played over and over again, and never once really turned insuch a way as this. the film takes pop culture, transposes it on thesethree boys, and then lets them loose. and so they ride about sippin40's and wearing fubu. selling fake cocaine to people in night clubsand just trying to be as close to "high rollas" or "big pimps" as theycan. and the fact is the characters really do show some real rappingtalent and show that they can "bust a flow" but at the same time thefilm shows how awkward these teens are and how alientated they are in aworld of trucks, and cornfields these three wear baggy pants and longto drive blinged out tractors. the film. though it is seemingly a comedy, to me seems to be so muchmore than that. it seems to be a lot deeper than just a simple comedyand puts forth a story that albeit sounds pretty dumb and even ispretty dumb at first glance is really much, much deeper than just asimple comedy, and much, much deeper than the typical "break away fromthe farm and follow your dreams" transcendentalistic stuff that is seenin so many other films. in the end i think whiteboys is a great movie,and is terribly underrated.
There is nothing better than seeing a white guy drink a forty ounce and then say "Obey your thirst *****." One of the funniest movies I've ever seen and sends a good message to all the wiggers out there.
After watching the movie several times, I think it's supposed to be sad - not funny. There are things that could have been done better, like more believable characters, but overall it's a pretty powerful look at some screwed up white guys who think they're black. If you watch the movie thinking it's a comedy, then it's easy to think it's bad... but if you watch it as a drama, it's awesome.
This story is hilarious, but also shows a lot about our current culture. It's a must see for anyone who loves 'ghetto culture' but it shouldn't just be limited to that. It shows us how three boys come to idolize the black community, while never setting foot in it. It's an eye opener, but the real strong part of this film is not the pschycology behind it, but rather the humor. It's hilarious and the crazy white kids in it are enough to get me to declare it an instant classic (well, not really, but it's still pretty cool...)