GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up!
Rated R for profanity and sexual references.
Running time: 94 Minutes
Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Film Review by Kam Williams
Very Good (3 stars)
Are you a pimp or a ho? You're either one or the other according to E.
Raymond Brown, the writer, director and star of GhettoPhysics. Part
documentary, part illustrative melodrama, the purpose of this cynical flick
is to drive home the point that all human relationships are based on
exploitation, and that you're always either pimpin' or getting pimped. And
Mr. Brown makes it clear that it's far better to be a pimp than a ho because
contrary to the suggestion made by the Oscar-winning song from the film
Hustle & Flow, it's a lot harder out there for a ho than for a pimp.
Professor West stood out in my estimation for sounding a rare note of
optimism in the midst of a seemingly ubiquitous, omni-permeating symphony of
despair when he stated that the need is to "transform the gangsta
orientation to a more compassionate and decent one." His thinking contrasted
sharply with the conventional wisdom generally propagated here that, "You
get played and pimped if you're naïve."
The movie's most sobering moment arrives via a quote from the late visionary Bucky Fuller in a dire warning that "We're at the point where we're about to find out whether humanity was a successful experiment of nature or just a dead end." Is everybody really a pimp or a ho, or are there other choices available to those of us who detest both alternatives?