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Skid Row


Marshall Tyler, Niva Dorell & Ross Clarke

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Plot Summary

Skid Row is a 50-square block area in downtown Los Angeles where an average of 90,000 homeless and transient people live on any given night. More than just a place -- it's a way of life, a mind set, the last resort for those who have given up on society and, in many cases, themselves. In the feature documentary "Skid Row," Pras Michel -- one third of the successful hip-hop band The Fugees -- lives on the streets of Skid Row for 9 straight days and nights as a homeless person. The entire time he and his crew are undercover, using surveillance cameras. His journey is a difficult one, riddled with hunger, exposure to the elements, criminals, drugs and danger. It is also life-changing... as Pras learns not only how to fend for himself, but discovers the dark, very human and, at times, humorous underbelly of Los Angeles.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 5
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [Skid Row is] less about finding humanity in the homeless population and more about realizing how a change of circumstance could lead even the most cocooned viewers to find dark inhumanity in themselves. – Monica Hesse, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: ...Skid Row too often comes to feel like a vanity project, with the focus of the film frequently shifting away from Skid Row's history and people to Pras's sketchy immersion in homelessness... – Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine, Oct 6, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Pras does an incredible job raising awareness about SKID ROW

What a compelling look at the homeless crisis. Without pointing fingers, Pras shows us what it's like to live on the sidewalk for nine days - not something that many people would be willing to do to raise awareness about this growing problem in every major city in the country. Everyone needs to see this film and we're sharing it with everyone we can.

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