This Spike Lee film examines the life of an aspiring actress in New York. She is upset by the treatment of women in the movie industry during one of her screen tests with 'QT'. Out of work ... See full summary »
Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American Northeast Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Dark, biting satire of the television industry, focusing on an Ivy League educated black writer at a major network. Frustrated that his ideas for a "Cosby Show"-esque take on the black family have been rejected by network brass, he devises an outlandish scheme: reviving the minstrel show. This is the hook: Instead of white actors in black face, the show stars black actors in even blacker face. The show becomes an instant smash, but with the success also come repercussions for all involved. Written by
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I just saw this movie and I have two main problems with it?
1. Michael Rappaport: He was terribly miscast in this movie as a subvertly racist white executive. I've seen him in a lot of movies and he's the type of white guy that is so down that if he said the 'n' word around a group of black guys, he would probably be able to get away with it (I'm black, btw). The part would have been better played by someone like Mark-Paul Gosselaar or Matthew McConaughey, white guys who would be totally unconvincing if they tried to act "black". Rappaport is too convincing and that's the problem. The character was supposed to be oblivious to his own racism but clearly obvious to the audience. I didn't see Rappaport as a racist because he was too down.
2. The execution: The plot would have been better if Damon Wayan's character created a TV show that was not blatantly offensive but still controversial (kind of like the shows Martin, In Living Color, or Homeboys in Outer Space). Spike Lee insults the audience's intelligence by making a complete minstrel show that no person (black or white) with a conscience (and a brain) would find entertaining in the 21th century.
The only thing I liked was Damon Wayans and Savion Glover. Wayan's voice was grating but his acting was still good enough to carry the movie. Glover proved that he has other talents aside from tap dancing. This movie could have been an Oscar winner but the execution was completely off.
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