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Kids 2? Not Quite,
This review is from: Wassup Rockers  [DVD] (DVD)
'Wassup Rockers', the latest offering from Larry Clark, consciously takes a step away from his past work of graphic wake-up calls, and instead paints a much softer, tender, and funnier picture of yet another group of skateboarding outcasts; in this case 7 Guatemalan punk rock friends from South Central Los Angeles. Starting strongly with some of Larry Clark's most perceptive direction, we are offered a warm, insiders view of these youthful, rebellious souls which are naturally captured from the authentic cast and crew. It is most unfortunate that Clark could not find enough inspiration to keep the authenticity flowing throughout, as this film devolves midway through with the unfortunate change in gears, from a completely believable and sincere synthesis of many of the director's reoccurring themes, into a unrealistic and inept build-up and climax dealing with the adventurous day these skaters have when they decide to venture into Beverly Hills. Although the naturalistic performances from the amateur actors benefit much of the emotional integrity that radiates here, the cast clearly have their setbacks and limitations as well. So in a nutshell, the film starts well, somewhat falters during the middle (even though this is when most of the action occurs), and ends on a high note because of the imagery and camerawork (not the story). 'Wassup Rockers' far from lives up to being the Hispanic 'Kids', but Larry Clark deserves credit for trying something different for a change.