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  • R
  • 1992
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.3  (1,443)

Zebrahead is a 1992 drama film that tells the story of a teenage African American high school student named Zack (played by DeShonn Castle) who lives in Detroit. Zack has always been fascinated by the world of hip hop, but he finds himself struggling to fit in with his peers at school who have different interests. Zack's life takes an unexpected turn when he falls in love with a white Jewish girl named Nikki (played by N'Bushe Wright) who recently moved to Detroit. Nikki is the daughter of a successful record producer who has a high opinion of her own social status. She finds herself smitten with Zack and although her relationship with him doesn't have any outward problems when they're together, she worries about the negative repercussions of dating a black man.

Zack's best friend and hip hop collaborator Dee (played by Michael Rapaport) is less judgmental and supports their relationship. He encourages Zack to express himself through his music and helps him create a new demo tape that could be the ticket to his success as a rapper.

But as Zack's star rises in the Detroit hip hop scene, he finds himself facing racial tensions from people both familiar and foreign. Some of his own friends start to question his relationships with his white girlfriend, which causes Zack to feel alienated and confused. Meanwhile, Nikki's father becomes hostile towards a budding interracial relationship and he doesn't want his daughter with Zack.

As the story unfolds and tensions rise, the film asks tough questions about race, friendship, and love in the face of increasingly divided society. Directed by Anthony Drazan, Zebrahead was a critical darling that earned praise for its portrayal of race relations and sensitive handling of its characters' romantic entanglements. The film was lauded for being full of heart, and a poignant image of the Detroit hip hop scene in the early 1990s.

The movie features a strong cast, with Castle's standout performance as Zack whose complexity and vulnerability makes him a relatable and sympathetic figure. Rapaport's portrayal of Zack's best friend is also memorable, providing a conflict and explosive, yet honest performance. Kevin Corrigan's (Jews, People) portrayal of his character's resentment and jealousy towards Zack is also excellent. Finally, the supporting cast, especially Wright as Nikki, also delivered well-rounded performances that brought the film's themes to life.

Overall, Zebrahead is a riveting film that outlines racial tension, discrimination, love and sensitivity between two people of different social cultural backgrounds. It cuts through stereotypical themes and gives an inside look into the reality of life in both America's cities and everywhere else empathy is of paramount significance. Despite its release in 1992, the film still remains relevant as it defines the racial tension that still exists across the globe even in today's society.

Zebrahead is a 1992 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

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    6.3  (1,443)