Marc Bernardin
December 17, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Pimps Up, Ho's Down: The Director's Cut

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Ice-T
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B

Unless you are in ”the game,” as the players on parade in Brent Owens’ doc (which premiered on HBO with roughly 30 minutes less footage) refer to the pimpin’ lifestyle, you’ll be fascinated, flabbergasted, and infuriated by the blatant man’s world revealed within. Of course, in a film about prostitutes and the pimps who thrive on their lack of self-worth, you expect the women to be portrayed in a less-than-flattering light, but the fact that Owens skirts the brutal physical and emotional abuse that’s an integral part of ”the game” keeps this from being the objective expose it wants to be. Reel Goodies (0:35) While getting his hair curled, rapper Ice-T relates everything to pimping — and gives a scathingly insightful summary of the entertainment business. The Last Detail To get permission to film The Players Ball, an annual underground awards gala, HBO had to cough up $4,000 to three pimps. B

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