A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Some gun violence, characters shot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and situations.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Malt liquor, smoking, drug references.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has strong language and violence. Characters are shot and killed. There is some social drinking, and one character abuses alcohol. There are sexual references, and the movie makes some telling points about sexist assumptions about a woman's use of sex to advance her career. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Spike Lee's movie is ambitious, provocative, complex, thoughtful, and just about review-proof. Anyone who doesn't like it could be accused of not getting it. Anyone who does like it could be accused of liking it for the wrong reasons and not getting it, either. This movie has some of the most striking images ever put on film. The minstrel show stars peer into mirrors to put on exaggerated red lips. A tear slips down a blackened cheek. Montages of minstrel images from old movies and racist toys and collectibles are devastating.
Lee's movie raises dozens of important questions about the roles that both blacks and whites play in perpetuating racist stereotypes. Lee suggests that the current UPN and WB sitcoms featuring black characters may be the modern-day equivalent of a minstrel show. The movie is uneven. Dialogue has never been Lee's strong point. But each scene has depth, integrity, intelligence -- and anger -- that is a welcome antidote to the usual formulaic Hollywood product. It is a profound and stimulating film that is designed to create debate and discussion, and certain to raise many different thoughts and emotions amongst viewers.
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