Menace, aka White Boy (2002) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Our hero is a white trash street hustler who makes do by selling drugs and pulling off insurance scams, but he's also something of an idealist who envisions a better life. When he meets and falls in love with a sweet young girl who is pregnant by her ex-boyfriend, his world gets really complicated. Her neo-Nazi ex-boyfriend finds out about the romance and swears to kill them both, so he has to cut a deal with some black guys to help him out.


Faith Michaels and Kimberly Joy Burton showed their breasts as strippers.

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It is an ultra-cheapie made for less than $100,000, which features a few familiar faces from the past playing tiny roles, notably Allan Garfield and Jan-Michael Vincent. It was produced by Abel Ferrara, director of such films as The Bad Lieutenant and The New Rose Hotel.

In this case, the lack of a budget didn't really hurt the film, and may even have helped by giving it some street cred, allowing it to recreate the feel of the low-rent lives it portrays.  

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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this film is a C-. Gritty street drama with a cinema verite look and unknowns in the leads, creating a faux documentary feel. 

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