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Biker Boyz
Laurence Fishburne and Derek Luke
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Overview

This eclectic entry in the "extreme sports" genre takes a close, fictionalized look at the world of California motorcycle clubs. (It is based on an L.A. New Times article.) The great Laurence Fishburne appears as Smoke, the unbeaten "king of Cali" motorcycle racing, and president of The Black Knights. When Smoke's ace mechanic (Eriq La Salle) is killed by a flying bike, his furious son Kid (Derek Luke), starts his own club, the Biker Boyz, to gain respect and challenge Smoke for the coveted crown. Bronx-born director Reggie Rock Blythewood keeps the action flowing from drag race to party and back again, steeping the audience in the ritual of the subculture, allowing it to serve as more than a mere backdrop to the coming-of-age mythos and adrenaline pumping, kinetically edited race and stunt sequences. A great soundtrack helps the narrative roll smoothly over some of the film's dramatically bumpy stretches, and music icon Kid Rock has a memorable turn as Dogg, Smoke's rough riding chief rival. Larenz Tate, Orlando Jones, and Djimon Honsou also lend strength as their fellow bikers. The very cool Lisa Bonet and the very fine Meagan Good play Smoke's and Kid's respective love interests.

Awards:

Main Cast & Crew:
Reggie Rock Bythewood - Director
Laurence Fishburne
Derek Luke
Larenz Tate
Tyson Beckford
Meagan Good
Brendan Fehr
Dion Basco
Dante Basco
Kadeem Hardison
Orlando Jones

    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 90
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 032429284280
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (violence, sexual content and language)
  • Release Date: June 2003

Notes:
Theatrical release: January 31, 2003

Reviews:
"BIKER BOYZ is the kind of movie Howard Hawks would have made if he'd lived long enough to feel the heat of hip-hop's impact on the culture at large..." - 01/31/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C4


"...The great Fishburne is a wizard at conjuring mystique..." - 02/07/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.53


"...Fishburne is his reliably commanding self....The physical challenges in the filming come through on screen..." - 02/03/2003 Variety, p.32


"...[With] appealing performances and seductive, tightly choreographed visuals..." - 09/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.42


"...[The film] has a cast that excels and a bike-club subculture that interests..." - 12/01/2003 Total Film, p.116