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In 1983, the MPAA gave Scarface an X rating. Nowadays, that's just kindergarten fare as evidenced by one small classroom and their staging of Brian De Palma's gangster classic. This video is a mystery. It popped up on my Twitter feed and the link has no explanation beyond "Schoolkids reenact Scarface." Are they tiny drama students? What parent or teacher scripted this? Was it just for shock value? Performance art? So many flashbulbs and delighted titters are going off that it's clear the audience knew they were attending Scarface and not Jack and the Giant Beanstalk. Why? How? I don't know, but I'm far less horrified than I should be mostly because I'm hoping this means I can direct my future offspring in a preschool version of Dirty Harry.
The amount of dialogue the little ones memorized is astounding, as are all the hair-smoothing gestures performed by the little Elvira Hancock. Having worked with small children in a previous occupation, I know they're smarter than people give them credit for, but this is pretty amazing. I mean, I tried to play Shrek with my little group, and it only took about two seconds to devolve into chaos and tears when the "baby dragons" didn't get enough attention from me.
I'm also in love with the set decoration. The blow-up palm trees, the tiger, the 1970s wigs, and the Security Cameras are a really nice touch. I certainly hope this isn't the last De Palma production these kids put on. Can The Untouchables or Dressed To Kill be far behind?
The video is below, motherfudgers.
UPDATE: According to Geoff Boucher of Hero Complex, the video is the work of Jonas Åkerlund, the director of Lady Gaga's equally controversial Telephone video. I'm both disappointed and relieved.