Watching Training Day as an Adult
Yo, watching 2001’s Training Day as an adult is fucking fantastic. If you’ve been living under a rock for the last almost two decades let me learn you something on this gem. Training Day is essentially about a crooked cop (Denzel Washington’s Alonzo) taking a rookie cop (Ethan Hawke’s Jake) in the field for hands on training (get it? “Training Day”). There are gobs of content that shot well above my adolescent mind when I first viewed this film. Oh, but I know what they tallmbout na. Here are the details I noticed whilst watching Training Day as an adult:
1. Celeb appearances: Let me just go ahead a make this list within this list:
A. Snoop Dogg plays Blue, a drug dealer pedaling crack in a wheelchair
B. Eva Mendes plays Sara, Alonzo’s baby momma
C. Dr. Dre plays Paul, a fellow crooked ass cop
D. Macy Gray plays the Sandman’s ride-or-die, sporting a bad wig and gold toof
E. Scott Glenn, the blind guy from Netflix’s Iron Fist (if you haven’t watch yet, don’t)
F. Raymond Cruz, the messican from Breaking Bad
G. Cliff Curtis, the guy from Fear the Walking Dead
H. And Terry fucking Crews
2. Drug references: Granted, I’m still not very privy to the different types of drugs circulating the streets, but I’m nowhere near as ignorant as I was a decade ago.
3. Phrases: The phrase that has always stuck with me is the scene we are introduced to Snoop’s Blue. Denzel’s Alonzo and Ethan’s Jake are conducting a sting trying to compel Blue to sell them drugs. Blue doesn’t take the bait and he states that the pair smelled like bacon. As a teen, the reference went in one ear and out the other, but as an adult 1) I died of laughter, 2) I now understand the reference to referring to cops as pigs
4. All.of.the.stereotypes: From Crips to Bloods to the Mexicans. Le sigh
5. In addition to the movie taking place during Jake’s “training day”, it’s about Alonzo muscling money from the community to repay his debt to the Russians. I honestly don’t know why this went completely over my head and into the stratosphere.
What are something concepts you completely missed but caught while watching as an adult?