Parents' Guide to

Shaft (2000)

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Update of '70s classic has lots of violence and cursing.

Movie R 2000 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

SOOOOOOOO GOOD!!

age 17+

Great action

The movie has great action and suspense. A lot of violence. A little sarcastic humour but great movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This movie gets four stars just for coolness. Samuel L. Jackson, the Armani leather coat, and the Oscar-winning theme song are a match made in heaven, and it's just plain popcorn-movie fun to see them all work it together.

The script is uneven and filled with holes, showing evidence of reported on-set disagreements between the producer, director, and star. Reportedly, too, Jeffrey Wright's performance as drug dealer Peoples Hernandez was so exciting that the movie was reworked to give him more screen time. That is easy to believe, because he's electrifying. That contributes, however, to the difficulty in managing all the plot threads. Efforts to bring the two bad guys together, the Dominican drug dealer and the preppy racist (Christian Bale) may provide some interesting moments, especially when the drug dealer starts networking in a holding cell, asking the preppy for his business card, but it slows the story down. But Singleton knows that when things waver, all he has to do is cut back to Jackson and the theme song to keep the audience happy, and it works remarkably well.

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