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The L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005)




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The controversial satire The LA Riot Spectacular plays for mordent laughs the events that consumed L.A. in 1992, after the police officers on trial for beating motorist Rodney King were found innocent. The city was engulfed by a massive riot, but the film plays these moments for laughs. In addition to recreating some of the images seen on television, the film skewers a variety of figures including the police, the media, and the citizens of the city.

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William Forsythe
as George Holliday
T.K. Carter
as Rodney King
Satya Lee
as Soon-Il Lee
John Shin
as Byung Lee
Ronny Cox
as Chief Gates
Snoop Dogg
as Narrator
Charles S. Dutton
as Mayor Bradley
George Hamilton
as The King Of Beverly Hills
Emilio Estevez
as Officer Powell
Charles Durning
as Steve Lerman
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Critic Reviews for The L.A. Riot Spectacular

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

[The] pic feels overlong because once it's established that this is going to be a tasteless, if occasionally hilarious, exercise in social criticism, the movie needs to constantly accelerate the level of hilarity, which is impossible to do.

August 10, 2006

A veteran director of music videos, [Marc] Klasfeld has for his feature film debut churned out a lifeless series of sketch-comedy ideas that presumably would make even the Wayans brothers blanch at their broadness.

August 10, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

[T]he most riotous, raucous, rowdy, ribald and uproariously funniest satire to hit theaters in years. And I admit right now, I had to see it four times to hear all the jokes because I was laughing so hard.

November 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The gags are mortally unfunny.

August 10, 2006 | Full Review…

...occasionally funny, but the tone is mostly one of frantic and forced "outrageousness"...

August 10, 2006

Stunningly, the end of 'The L.A. Riot Spectacular' promises a sequel taking on the OJ Simpson trial. If I have to physically go to the west coast and prevent this from happening, I'm prepared to make that commitment.

August 4, 2006 | Rating: F | Full Review…

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