‘12 O’Clock Boys’ time well spent

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12 O’Clock Boys

It takes a scrappy little documentary like “12 O’Clock Boys” to make you realize how little of the American underclass gets seen by this country’s mass media, let alone presented with as few preconceptions as possible. Directed over three years by Lotfy Nathan, the movie’s a short, pungent, ambiguous portrait of the poorer sections of Baltimore and the young men who get their kicks riding dirt bikes through the streets en masse, popping wheelies and dodging the police. As a depiction of extra-legal activity, the movie’s is eye-opening but needlessly vague. As the story of one young wannabe rider named Pug, who over two years grows into a swaggering bad boy, “12 O’Clock Boys” is more problematic.

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