"An embarrassment to blacks and whites alike (or not alike)."
Whiteboys: Rustic milieu drama, in Iowa, about a group of three white boys who aspire and believe their are black. ("Even though I live in Iowa, I got the ghetto in my heart")The main "brother" is also co-writer, Danny Hoch, who although he's supposed to be in high school, aside from the fact that we only see him there once, physically, this guy looks like he's in his late twenties to early thirties. The dream is to become rappers, and to make funds in the meantime, sell fake coke until they can score some of the real stuff. The script is poorly written and unrealized, and where they could have built something upon the homosexual-like alienation of his family ("What the hell do I wanna be white for, mom?"), it is a single scene that goes without full intent. Otherwise, it is a lot of white guys talking with the "ghetto" colloquialisms, rapping and being obnoxious and not having anything to say or do. Many of the characters are neglected, even though most are not of much importance, but that's because Hoch and company don't take any time to add the correct amount of realism to it. Instead, Hoch's emphasis is more on making Whiteboys a full-length music video, intact with random, badly directed dance sequences matched with silly songs and bad lyrics, and relative to be nothing more than fantasy excursions. Snoop Dogg turns up for a fantasy scene or two, and I only wonder what his reaction to this material and movie was. Maybe the pay was good; why else would he want to associate himself with something like this? The only actor who achieves any type of respect, or even believability is Eugene Byrd, as Khalid, a young black teen who would rather take the unstereotypical road to successfully making it in life, instead of being a bunch of gang-banging wanna-bes (Hoch, Dash Mihok, Trevor Webber). Also, Whiteboys marks the debut of Piper Perabo, the cutie from The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle. She isn't nearly as enjoyable here as she was there; here, she whines instead of acts.Final Verdict: D.