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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Blaxploitation remake is a mixed bag; drugs, sex, swearing.

Movie R 2018 108 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

I'm just going to say it was a cheesy stereotypical ethnic community that glorifies drug dealing and the entire ridiculous lifestyle + nothing but tits and ass. The main character did a good job he will be going places. Walked out a little over halfway through the movie.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

A good teaching for young adults

I think it's a good movie and teaches young children about the life and consequences of the drug game and cartels.

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Great messages

Is It Any Good?

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This remake of the 1972 blaxploitation classic is smoother, with a cool, subdued lead character and lean, strong scenes, but it's also frequently silly and eventually goes on too long. Director X (born Julien Christian Lutz) and screenwriter Alex Tse retain many of the character outlines from the original movie, but the story is now set in Atlanta rather than New York. Some of SuperFly feels updated with up-to-the-minute #BlackLivesMatter themes, such as when characters must deal with a demonic, blonde, blue-eyed cop. But other parts feel stuck in time, perhaps owing more to Brian De Palma's Scarface than to Gordon Parks Jr.'s original Super Fly.

The gorgeous costumes and hairstyles, as well as cars and clubs and homes, are given emphasis, along with the thumping music (which borrows two cuts from Curtis Mayfield's original 1972 soundtrack). The use of cocaine as the product of choice makes it feel more movie-ish than realistic, like it's a lost B movie from the 1980s that only turned up today. As the plot goes on, Director X admirably focuses on consequences of actions, but that also has the effect of slowing things down and making them feel too serious. The pacing begins to drag, and by the movie's tidy ending, this SuperFly no longer flies.

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