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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Most characters strong, brave, African-Americans, interracial friendship and loyalty.
Violence & Scariness
Characters in peril, one killed, one badly hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual situations and references, including paternity questions
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Some strong language
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that characters drink, smoke, and use strong language. There are sexual references and situations. There is some sexual humor and there are references to promiscuity and issues of paternity (with a traumatic discovery), but the relationship of the main characters is loving and devoted. Characters are in peril and there is serious injury and one death. Characters also "hustle" by pretending not to be able to race and betting a lot of money. While most characters are African-American, the gangs are open to all races, and Jaleel's group has white, Hispanic, and Asian members. Characters get tattooed. The bikers engage in racing that is not just very dangerous but also illegal, and at one point some are arrested. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's mainly a bunch of music video-style motorcycle races punctuated with brief interludes that are more dramatic place-holders than story. But a top-notch cast, some flashy camera work, and attitude to spare make BIKER BOYZ highly watchable. It offers a look at a vibrant sub-culture -- a fully-functioning society based on honor, dreams, loyalty, flair, and, of course, a huge helping of extravagantly macho contests. One of the movie's strengths is the way that this sub-culture has its own dignity and honor; it is clear that cheating, hustling, and disloyalty are not allowed and that any challenger is welcome.
The plot tries to be epic and primal, but it is just derivative and creaky. What works, though are performances by very arresting actors. Fishburne, Jones, Luke, and Vanessa Bell Calloway as Jaleel's mother give a lot of snap to the lukewarm dialogue. In small roles, Djimon Hounsou, Lorenz Tate, Rick Gonzalez, and Meagan Good are vibrant and distinctive.
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