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Running Time:
2 hours

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for violence, sexuality, nudity and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Bold, brassy, and breathtaking, but too much of it has been borrowed from too many other better films, and it doesn't make a lot of sense.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scene plus ; A deleted song; Outkast music videos ; "Morris Brown" ..Big Boi; "Idlewild Blue"; -André 3000; Special features Not Rated, Not Subtitled.



Idlewild
The film is set in Prohibition-era Idlewild, Georgia, where hot music and illegal booze abound. It stars Andre Benjamin aka Big Boi and Antwon Patton "3000" as two childhood friends from different sides of the track. Decades later, Rooster (Patton) has gone on to work alongside his uncle Spats (Ving Rhames "Mission: Impossible I, II, & III") in the bootlegging business, while Percival (Benjamin) has remained at home to help at the mortuary run by his father (Ben Vereen "All That Jazz"). Rooster also performs alongside Percival at a nightclub/whorehouse called The Church. A place where people swing dance to big band-inspired hip-hop and where Rooster is the manager and headliner. He's a family man with a bunch of kids and a taste for the good life. When his boss “Sunshine” Ace (Faizon Love "Wonderland") is killed in a spat between local mobsters, Rooster inherits both Church and all of its debts. But he soon discovers that a vicious gangster (Terrence Howard "Crash") is threatening to take over the business just when a beautiful new singer (Paula Patton"Hitch") arrives on the scene. Suddenly Rooster and Percival’s lives are turned upside down. But most of the contrived plot makes little sense.

The musical productions are a fusion of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B numbers that only hint at how good the film might have been if there were more of them. There are only five songs in the two hour running time, and the only really good one (“Dyin’ to Live”) doesn’t even appear until the closing credits. It seems that Bryan Barber, OutKast's frequent music-video director, seems to have mixed up the two lead roles, because while Benjamin is the stronger actor, Patton is given the much larger role. The film is also overloaded with cutesy animated gimmicks such as a flask that talks back to its owner, music sheets whose notes act as cartoon characters and a scene in which the mortician sings to an exquisite female corpse.

There are brief appearances by Macy Gray, Cicely Tyson and Patti LaBelle, but they are only on screen for a moment or two. The only highlights are the gymnastic camera work of Pascal Rabaud, some eye-catching choreography by Hinton Battle, Shawn Barton's colorful costumes and Anne Goursaud's rhythmic editing. But while the film often works visually, it is complete lacking in coherence.






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