Sundance 2013 Review: 'Milkshake'

From Shadow and Act Sun Jan 27 2013, 00:25:52

For decades upon decades, there has been the fascinating phenomenon of white people who "want to be black." Only, of course, they don't actually want to be black. They want the apparent cool factor that comes with blackness - the clothes, the music, the rhythm, the permission to use the N-word - without that annoying inconvenience of institutionalized racism. Directors David Andalman and Mariko Munro tackle this idea in Milkshake, their comedy set in a 1990s suburb of Washington, DC, where white teen Jolie Johnson (Tyler Ross) desperately wants to be a brother. Jolie, you see, is about that "thug life," which for him constitutes using black slang,...

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