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Years After 'Kids,' Clark Is Back with 'Wassup'

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Years After 'Kids,' Clark Is Back with 'Wassup'

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Years After 'Kids,' Clark Is Back with 'Wassup'

Years After 'Kids,' Clark Is Back with 'Wassup'

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Wassup Rockers is the latest from director Larry Clark, whose films often document sides of teen life that most parents would prefer not to see. But Clark's new work is not as explicit as his controversial Kids.

Like that movie, Wassup Rockers features real-life kids starring in an urban setting that's very familiar to them. After an opening that reads almost as a documentary, the movie takes a lighter turn, as the stars find themselves stranded in Beverly Hills.

The actors in Wassup Rockers are younger than 18, and the film's funders demanded that the film be less explicit than Kids. Wassup Rockers began with Clark's desire to tell the story of a group of atypical South Central Latinos: skateboarding punk-music fans who shun the drugs and violence that afflict many in their neighborhood.