By Jason Lynch Alexis Chiu Kristen Mascia
September 04, 2006 12:00 PM

André Benjamin, Antwan A. Patton, Terrence Howard


Synchronized, dancing cuckoo clocks. Narration “scratched” like a rap song. Thirties-era dancers jitterbugging to hip-hop. There’s something wondrous and refreshingly innovative everywhere you look in Idlewild, a rollicking tale of a shy piano player and a speakeasy manager (potent OutKast duo Benjamin and Patton, a.k.a. André 3000 and Big Boi). First-time writer-director Bryan Barber re-creates the infectious energy from his OutKast videos, fumbling only when the music takes a breather. (R)