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Rated R · 111 minutes · 2006

If Crash grew a pair of cojones, it might look something like Larry Clark's cheerfully defiant Wassup Rockers, in which a pack of Latino skaters from South Los Angeles spend an afternoon marooned in the suburban jungle of Beverly Hills. The kids are real -- teens of varying Central American extractions cast to play variations on themselves in a fictionalized storyline conceived by Clark (Kids, Bully) and co-writer Matthew Frost. Their misadventures, as they skate through the backyards and barbecues of the moneyed elite, suggest a cross between John Cheever's classic short story "The Swimmer" and the broadly played movie satires of John Waters. Honestly insightful into the racial and economic lines that stratify L.A., the movie is also Clark's gentlest and least nihilistic in a career notable for its candid exploration of adolescent sexuality, violence, and substance abuse. But Clark hasn't exactly gone soft: Never before has he shown us anything quite as transgressive as these brown-skinned rebels sticking it to The Man with the devil-may-care abandon of a frontside 360 ollie executed sans pads or helmet.
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Director: Larry Clark
Writer: Larry Clark
Producer: Larry Clark, Kevin Turen and Henry Winterstern
Cast: Jonathan Velasquez, Francisco Pedrasa, Milton Velasquez, Yunior Usualdo Panameno, Eduardo Velasquez, Luis Rojas-Salgado, Carlos Velasco, Bryce Blue, Laura Cellner and Andrew Cohen


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