American History X

Asking me to accept the idea that you can curb stomp a guy in a fit of racist violence and be redeemed for it in less than 2 hours of cinema is asking both too much of me and too little; racist ideology rarely revises itself smoothly. I could go with it if the film earned it. This one does not. Getting over one's racism is possible -- Mark Twain did it! -- but it's a slow, agonizing process that requires more than making a black friend, a process that'd be interesting to see teased out and narrativized by a better, braver film.