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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Wealth doesn't give you permission to take advantage of others (though Hess seems to think he can do as he likes with servants and poorer people).
Positive Role Models
Hess seems to feel no remorse about preying on poor women, often prostitutes, to satisfy his bloodlust. His new bride, Ganja, is initially reluctant to follow his lead, but she's soon just as willing to fulfill her needs by killing others.
Violence & Scariness
Several grisly scenes feature people being stabbed and strangled, sometimes during sex, so the pseudo-vampires can drink their blood. It's disturbing to see them on their hands and knees, lapping dark red blood off the floor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few extensive sex scenes (between both same-sex and opposite-sex partners) with a lot of nudity and vigorous motions. Men are seen nude from behind, and fully naked women are seen from the front and the back. Some of the scenes end in bloody violence.
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Frequent swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "tits," "d--k," "p---y," and "bitch." A man claims his name is Dick Long when trying to pick up a woman in a bar.
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Products & Purchases
The main character has a fancy Rolls Royce and other expensive cars; he's clearly quite wealthy and clearly enjoys the comforts that come with money.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character becomes addicted to drinking blood and goes to increasingly desperate -- and violent -- lengths to maintain his supply. Other characters enjoy wine, cigarettes, and marijuana, including one woman who demands that a servant provide a bottle of red wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, directed by Spike Lee, is a stylized pseudo-vampire movie centering on a wealthy art collector who becomes addicted to drinking blood. It's visually impressive, though moody and sometimes slow-moving, with several grisly scenes that show people being stabbed and strangled. Characters drink blood, including lapping it up from the floor while on their hands and knees. There are extended sex scenes with both male and female nudity, and some scenes that combine sex with violence. You can also expect lots of swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and "d--k"), characters drinking (at parties, at bars, and with meals), and character smoking both cigarettes and pot. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
DA SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS (a remake of the 1970s movie Ganja & Hess) isn't a horror movie -- not really -- though there are some graphic and disturbing killings. Nor is it a vampire movie, though plenty of blood gets drunk. It's more a commentary on addiction, status, consumerism, and race. Apropos for a Spike Lee production, it's highly stylized, with indelibly beautiful (if sometimes hard to watch) images, some of which don't even try to explain the parts of the story that are unexplainable (and there are many).
It's muddled and moody, but it's also definitely thought provoking. What is Lee trying to say by combining class and addiction? There's plenty of vision and creativity, but in the end, this film feels more like an experiment that almost works.
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