×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Carter

Lil' Wayne would probably sneer at the comparison, but "The Carter" is the "Don't Look Back" of rap.

With:
With: Dwayne "Lil' Wayne" Carter, Cortez Bryant, Brian "Baby" Williams, Reginae Carter.

Lil’ Wayne would probably sneer at the comparison, but “The Carter” — Adam Bhala Lough’s intimate, warts-and-all profile of recording artist Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter — is the “Don’t Look Back” of rap. Like D.A. Pennebaker’s long-ago Bob Dylan doc, it’s spontaneous, unblinking, and ennobles its subject despite himself. Exposure will likely be via music-oriented cable and Online, but Lough’s film — and its moody, idiosyncratic subject — are revelatory and kinetic.

Traveling the music world in a perpetual bubble of bodyguards, publicists and the effects of pot and cough syrup, the 26-year-old “greatest rapper alive” is seen in contentious interviews, onstage performances, and with his ever-present “black bag” of recording equipment, which allows him to constantly lay down the stream-of-consciousness lyrics that will be honed into the hits that have made Wayne one of rap’s biggest stars. Lil’ Wayne comes off as sort of an impossible personality, but Bhala’s snapshot is a kick.

The Carter

Production: A QD3 Entertainment presentation. (International sales: Cinetic Media, N.Y.) Produced by Joshua A. Krause. Executive producers, Quincy "QD3" Jones III, Jared Freedman, Joshua A. Krause. Directed by Adam Bhala Lough.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Lough; editor, Andy Grieve; music, Lil' Wayne. Reviewed at Sundance Film Festival (Park City at Midnight), Jan. 18, 2009. Running time: 80 MIN.

Cast: With: Dwayne "Lil' Wayne" Carter, Cortez Bryant, Brian "Baby" Williams, Reginae Carter.

More Scene

  • Sutton Foster'A Chorus Line' 75th Anniversary

    'Younger' Star Sutton Foster Recalls One of Her Early 'Terrible' Auditions

    Lil’ Wayne would probably sneer at the comparison, but “The Carter” — Adam Bhala Lough’s intimate, warts-and-all profile of recording artist Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter — is the “Don’t Look Back” of rap. Like D.A. Pennebaker’s long-ago Bob Dylan doc, it’s spontaneous, unblinking, and ennobles its subject despite himself. Exposure will likely be via music-oriented […]

  • Patricia Arquette speaks at the "Escape

    Patricia Arquette Lauds Pay Parity Progress, but Says More Work Needs to Be Done

    Lil’ Wayne would probably sneer at the comparison, but “The Carter” — Adam Bhala Lough’s intimate, warts-and-all profile of recording artist Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter — is the “Don’t Look Back” of rap. Like D.A. Pennebaker’s long-ago Bob Dylan doc, it’s spontaneous, unblinking, and ennobles its subject despite himself. Exposure will likely be via music-oriented […]

  • Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, Benicio Del

    'Escape at Dannemora': Why Ben Stiller Decided to Make the Prison Drama Series

    Lil’ Wayne would probably sneer at the comparison, but “The Carter” — Adam Bhala Lough’s intimate, warts-and-all profile of recording artist Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter — is the “Don’t Look Back” of rap. Like D.A. Pennebaker’s long-ago Bob Dylan doc, it’s spontaneous, unblinking, and ennobles its subject despite himself. Exposure will likely be via music-oriented […]

  • Donald-Trump-Kanye-West

    Kim Kardashian Recalls Fire Evacuation, Kanye’s ‘Empathy’ Plea to Trump in Exclusive Interview

    Lil’ Wayne would probably sneer at the comparison, but “The Carter” — Adam Bhala Lough’s intimate, warts-and-all profile of recording artist Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter — is the “Don’t Look Back” of rap. Like D.A. Pennebaker’s long-ago Bob Dylan doc, it’s spontaneous, unblinking, and ennobles its subject despite himself. Exposure will likely be via music-oriented […]

  • Aretha Franklin performs at pre-inaugural festivities,

    Aretha Franklin Documentary 'Amazing Grace': Helping Her 'Family to Heal and Move on'

    Lil’ Wayne would probably sneer at the comparison, but “The Carter” — Adam Bhala Lough’s intimate, warts-and-all profile of recording artist Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter — is the “Don’t Look Back” of rap. Like D.A. Pennebaker’s long-ago Bob Dylan doc, it’s spontaneous, unblinking, and ennobles its subject despite himself. Exposure will likely be via music-oriented […]

  • Donald Trump, Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro Bashes Trump Again: 'Down With This Motherf---er!'

    Lil’ Wayne would probably sneer at the comparison, but “The Carter” — Adam Bhala Lough’s intimate, warts-and-all profile of recording artist Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter — is the “Don’t Look Back” of rap. Like D.A. Pennebaker’s long-ago Bob Dylan doc, it’s spontaneous, unblinking, and ennobles its subject despite himself. Exposure will likely be via music-oriented […]

  • Montel Williams poses on the red

    Variety's Salute to Service Luncheon Honors Hollywood Veterans, Military Supporters

    Lil’ Wayne would probably sneer at the comparison, but “The Carter” — Adam Bhala Lough’s intimate, warts-and-all profile of recording artist Dwayne “Lil’ Wayne” Carter — is the “Don’t Look Back” of rap. Like D.A. Pennebaker’s long-ago Bob Dylan doc, it’s spontaneous, unblinking, and ennobles its subject despite himself. Exposure will likely be via music-oriented […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content