Ghetto Physics is about the affiliation between the pimp and the ho and how that relationship can be extrapolated into politics, the economy, and even one’s everyday encounters. While the overall message of the film is positive — in order to make the world a better place one must change oneself from within first — the presentation is stretched too thin. The film is comprised of faux interviews of Brown intertwined with a classroom scenario in which the viewer gets lectured at. The interviewees and students in the classroom are used to asked loaded questions so that Brown can expound upon what he wants. To say the least, strictly from a filmmaking approach, it is a fickle way to get a message across.
What was special about Will Arntz’s last film, What the Bleep Do We Know?, was that it presented new and interesting ideas on the universe and the world we live in with great visual metaphors. Ghetto Physics just seems to be one man’s lecture on how you should live your life. Considering I was a fan of What the Bleep, Ghetto Physics was a let-down: a fine idea, however a not-so-good follow-through. On a positive note, there are a slew of notable thinkers, movers, and shakers from Princeton’s Dr. Cornell West all the way to rap icons Too Short and KRS-ONE. Unfortunately, while hearing what they have to say about the pimp game is interesting, I will not stand up.
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Jeff P is a movie-lover and a writer for the website TastesFunny.net.