Fascinating and creative racial drama that manages to stay (mostly) upbeat
Spike Lee's breakout film Do the Right Thing is an great drama about racial tensions in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year. Focusing mainly on an Italian-owned pizza parlor in a mostly African American neighborhood, the movie is filled with colorful characters and attention-getting visuals that help tell the important story of the sadness of racism.
Sex: Infrequent references. A very brief scene in which a topless woman is shown.
Violence: An intense riot near the end. A man is strangled to death with a baton. Two men get into an intense fight. People trash a building and burn it down. Lots of yelling.
Language: Frequent strong language including racial slurs.
Substance Abuse: Some smoking and drinking.
Intensity: The film is mostly upbeat, though the riot scene at the end is intense. This is a film everyone should see though as it tells a very important message about racism and what happens when it gets out of hand, let alone is present.
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