OutKast's `Idlewild' is a Prohibition-era gangster rap

August 25, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

All sorts of musical and moviemaking tricks are thrown into the blender for Idlewild, and the result is a passionate, enthralling film that isn't afraid to take chances - even if it sometimes should be.

Andre Benjamin and Antwan A. Patton, better known as Andre 3000 and Big Boi of the hip-hop duo OutKast, star respectively as Percival and Rooster, boyhood friends whose musical dreams play out in a Prohibition-era Georgia speakeasy known as Church. Rooster's the cocky one, a smart, risk-taking crowd-pleaser who's the center of attention. Percival's the quiet one, an introverted songwriter and piano player who's got plenty of talent but no idea how to show it off.

Idlewild (Universal Pictures) Starring Andre Benjamin, Antwan A. Patton, Paula Patton, Terrence Howard. Written and directed by Bryan Barber. Rated R. Time 115 minutes.

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