Picks and Pans Review: Wassup Rockers
Jonathan Velasquez, Francisco Pedrasa
Determined to experience a skateboarding mecca—the steps of Beverly Hills High—a group of Hispanic teen boys travel by bus from their gang-ridden L.A. neighborhood to the city's poshest precincts. Once there, the youths have tragicomic encounters with blonde nymphets eager to bed them, hostile cops and a lascivious, drunken actress (ex-model Janice Dickinson, overdoing it as always). Wassup Rockers, the latest look at a teen subculture by writer-director Larry Clark (Kids), is knowing, funny and offensively broad when it brings on the foolish gringos. But that must be how ethnic and minority viewers felt for years when caricatured stereotypes of themselves popped up onscreen. (R)
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