Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat Poster

Release Date: May 11th, 2018

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 18 min

Plot Summary
Never-before-seen works, writings and photographs offer insight into the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat as a teenager in New York in the late 1970s. The times, the people and the movements of the city help Basquiat form his artistic vision.

Cast: Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab 5 Freddy

Director: Sara Driver

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Magnolia Pictures, Bunny Lake Films, Le Pacte

Distributors: Magnolia Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

view all
  • One of the most transporting depictions of the Downtown New York scene (in a field crowded with docs, memoirs and fictions — some by artists who weren't alive at the time), Sara Driver's Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat more than does justice to its acknowledged subject, partly by refusing to divorce him from his context. show more

  • What’s admirable about the film is how Driver gives the cross-pollinating forces of music, media, fashion and art such concise, firsthand exploration. show more

  • When it comes to conjuring a sense of place, Driver’s film succeeds spectacularly, though it comes up short in other areas. show more

See all critic reviews on