Ten years after “Kids,” Larry Clark returns to the world of teenagers in the film “Wassup Rockers”. Like “Kids,” the film exposes the adolescent world of every parent’s nightmare: sex, drugs, violence, and skateboarding. Like Gus Van Sant’s “Paranoid Park,” this film takes place in the underground scene of skaters, but instead of Portland in the 90s, this movie uses the means streets of South Central Los Angeles as a backdrop for the skating. The film follows a group of Salvadoran kids living in L.A. who idolize early punk bands like The Ramones and have no use for hip hop. This alienates them from their surroundings, but they don’t fare any better in the streets of Beverly Hills. Larry Clark aficionados will note that compared to “Bully” or “Another Day in Paradise” this film has some light moments. In fact, it’s almost a comedy despite the heavy themes of racism, classism, and violence. Tune in tonight at 8 p.m. ET to see a lighter side of Larry Clark.
Larry Clark’s “Wassup Rockers” airs on IFC at 8 p.m. ET and Apr. 12 at 2:00 a.m. ET