Fake science can be fun


on October 12, 2010 by Tim Cogshell

Part movie, part documentary, all dialectical diatribe, GhettoPhysics is one of the most entertaining movie watching experiences one is likely to have in any context. If this film is nothing else (and it may be nothing else) it's funny and (ironically) fundamentally true. What certainly isn't true is what it purports to be, which is a legitimate course of study that analyzes the historic, international, socio-cultural, economic and psychological relationships between individuals, governments and corporations through the prism of physics and what has been loosely called metaphysics. GhettoPhysics has no more relationship with actual physics than producer William H. Arntz' popular, quasi-science-based documentary, What The #$*! Do We (K)now!?; another movie as correct in its basic supposition as it is wholly wrong in its analogies to real science. Arntz serves as co-director, producer and pontificator for GhettoPhysics, appearing in the "documentary" asides the film uses when not engaged in a quasi-narrative storyline set in the "GhettoPhysics" course of what is apparently a historically black college. Box office prospects are as elusive as the film's metaphysics.

Co-director E. Raymond Brown ostensibly plays himself in the film. He represents both a "character," acting as a GhettoPhysics professor in scenes with actors playing students, and as his actual self, E. Raymond Brown, author of the 2003 book Ghetto Physics: Will The Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand UP! (a real book which he actually wrote). He is not an actual professor so far as one can discern. As characters play scenes in various settings -- a morning radio program, a television talk show and the lecture of "Professor" Brown -- all of the underlying notions of E. Raymond Brown's book are brought to bear. Said notions are as follows: the pimp/ho dynamic is the fundamental relationship of the universe. Everybody on the planet is either a pimp or a ho. This is played out most obviously in the literal pimp/ho dynamic as seen between actual pimps and hos (the documentary portions of the film supply us with many examples), but is nevertheless true of everyone and all relationships, everyday, everywhere. According to the narrative and documentary exposition of the film, the Pope is a Pimp while all Catholics are hos; Mother Theresa (also a pimp) raised $5 billion from her many charitable hos over 60 years of benevolent pimping. Harvard is a pimp; those who long to attend are hos with pimp-aspirations. All corporations are pimps, to which we are all "bottom rung" hos.

Never has a truer notion been expounded upon in any film of any genre in the history of filmmaking -- ever.

Finally, the film extends the notion that we are all in fact both Pimps and Hos, and the sooner we recognized this basic dynamic in all of our relationships and decisions the better we will exploit the ying-yang of our own pimp/ho existence.

Lending legitimacy to these notions are the likes of Dr. Cornel West, Ice-T, Norman Lear, Former U.S. Representative Cynthia McKinney, South African Freedom Fighter and Poet Sonia Barrett, Ishmael Tetteh, Hip-Hop Artist and Activist KRS-One, Economics Author John Perkins, Byron Katie, Gangsta Hip-Hop Artist Too $hort and a number of actual Pimps and Hos, including Fillmore Slim (American Pimp), Candy, Hook da Crook, Loreal, Mac Breed and Lo Da Show.

As for the science -- we think not.

Distributor: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Cast: E. Raymond Brown, William H. Arntz, Sabrina Revelle, Mike Foy, Nina Daniels, Dr. Cornel West, Ice-T, Norman Lear, Cynthia McKinney, John Perkins, Too $hort, Hook da Crook, Mac Breed, Lo Da Show and Fillmore Slim
Director/Screenwriter: William Arntz, E. Raymond Brown
Producers: Scott Altomare, William Arntz and E. Raymond Brown
Genre: Docudrama
Rating: R for language including some sexual references.
Running time: 94 min
Release date: October 8 ltd.

Tags: E. Raymond Brown, William H. Arntz, Sabrina Revelle, Mike Foy, Nina Daniels, Dr. Cornel West, Ice-T, Norman Lear, Cynthia McKinney, John Perkins, Too $hort, Hook da Crook, Mac Breed, Lo Da Show, Fillmore Slim, Scott Altomare

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  • jezabel32 on 15 October 2010

    I was at UCLA yesturday and I received a flyer about this movie. Sounds great, I will definetly go watch ghettophysics Friday Oct 22nd.

  • franchesca on 15 October 2010

    A bunch of my friends and I saw this movie last week, although we all didnt give it 5 stars but overall it was an inspiring and empowering movie. I would recommend ghettophysics as a must see......

  • LoveMy66 on 15 October 2010

    Sounds like a good review! Intresting how the Pope is considered a Pimp while all Catholics are hos and Mother Theresa (also a pimp) who raised $5 billion from her many charitable hos. Wow never saw it in that way but im intrigued to watch this movie.
    @jezabel32 where is this movie playing???

  • jezabel32 on 15 October 2010

    Its playing at the Rave Motion Pictures (formerly Bridge) 6081 center drive in Los Angeles
    Btw ghettophysics movie will be having an after party so make sure you hold on to your ticket stub.

  • Dgreen on 15 October 2010

    My friends have been telling me about GhettoPhysics and we're all going to the Rave 18 to catch on 10/22. A free after party with ticket stubs, we're so there!

  • kelly1137 on 15 October 2010

    dam ah my friends in AZ are so lucky they get to see the movie tonight and i have to waite but im so looking fwd to it..

  • earl225 on 16 October 2010

    Fake science it's not ! It spoke to me & the other film goers last night in Tempe and now I am sending a message to my buddy's in West LA to see GhettoPysics at the Rave 10/22 and heading to vote Nov 2

  • jason9829 on 18 October 2010

    I like that fact that the Ghetto Physics Trailer is sending a true and honest message about our everyday life...I can’t wait to actually see the rest of the film i know that it comes out in LA on October 22 and in..... I heard they even have a contest trying to get your word out...

  • naturegrrrrl on 19 October 2010

    GhettoPhysics speaks light into the dark political age.... it is so important to have the truth stated in a way that gets the message of truth across to the people. With so many half baked truths paving the way to the future, it can be expected that we are in this current situation; economically and ecologically.

  • Dgreen on 24 October 2010

    Just caught GhettoPhysics at the Rave 18 today. The film was inspiring and funny. It has a limited engagement. If you haven't seen it yet get yourself down to the Rave 18 tomorrow and check it out. Don't miss this film!

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