October 20, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

American Pimp

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
87 minutes
director
Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
distributor
MGM
genre
Documentary
We gave it a B+

Menace II Society‘s Hughes brothers turn their lenses on those nigh-mythical urban opportunists who’ve long been a fascination of everyone from blaxploitation filmmakers to the producers of Seinfeld. Packing a smooth soundtrack and interviews with several kings of the profession — some are incarcerated thugs, others reformed family men — American Pimp is a vivid, energetic portrait of a subculture where image equals power, and ”bitch” is the sweetest term of endearment. How American. B+

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