The White Girl (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

The White Girl (1990)





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The title of this earnest anti-drug drama from distinguished black television journalist Tony Brown, the long-time host of the PBS show Tony Brown's Journal, has a double meaning: it refers to a slang term for cocaine, and also to the deeper problem of the lead character, a woman who has lost touch with her African-American heritage. Kim grew up in a middle-class neighborhood with plenty of love and material things, including a drop-dead gorgeous wardrobe. She was an exceptional high-school student and dreamed of becoming an attorney. She goes to college, discovers cocaine, and finds her life falling apart. Eventually she is convinced to become a member of the Black Student Union and there she meets good-hearted and handsome Bob, a pre-med student who helps her move away from drugs and back to her studies. He is the first African-American boyfriend Kim has ever had. Things look up, until the driven, conniving, drug-addicted Vanessa becomes Kim's dormmate. Vanessa desperately wants to become a TV anchor woman and will do anything, even sleep with studio execs, to get there. She has a terrible influence on the weak-willed Kim and gets her involved in a rapid downward spiral of humiliating sex and increased drug use that results in tragedy for both girls. Ultimately though, it leads to Kim's redemption.


as Bob
O.L. Duke
as Nicky
Petronia Paley
as Dr. McCullough
Sherry William
as Mrs. Barnes
Sherry Williams
as Mrs. Barnes
George Kirby
as Himself
Sheldon Tromberg
as Mr. Skouras
Barry Bell
as Party Goer #2
Shirley Anne Ritter
as Woman at Party
James Martin Jr.
as "Shock" Radio DJs
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