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A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

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After the shooting death of a child hit by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago's Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.

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Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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$1,198,356 (USA) (6 December 2015)

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$2,647,377 (USA) (24 January 2016)
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Spike Lee previously tried to get Wesley Snipes to star in Miracle at St. Anna (2008), but Snipes had to pull out, because of pending tax-evasion charges at that time, and couldn't do the film. See more »

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At the end when the peace signing ceremony is being conducted all the parties involved are on one side of the signing table which is in front of them between the seats of the amphitheater with all the visible seats empty. See more »

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Father Mike Corridan: I'm going to talk about a life today. An important life in our community. A life that ends life. The life of a gun.
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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I Run
Written by Kortney Pollard
Published by Mali Music Notes/6 Kolbert Drive/Sony/ATV Tunes LLC (ASCAP)
Performed by Jennifer Hudson
Produced by Mali Music
Co-Produced by Harvey Mason Jr.
Used courtesy of RCA Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Lively and entertaining
29 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one is definitely not without its flaws. The editing and pacing of it is messy, sometimes very uneven. I wasn't familiar with the source material from which this is inspired by, but I found it to be really addictive in its ability to grasp one's attention. I think the ensemble cast works well, even if the tone of the film requires them to be very loud and over-the-top, to the point that the film itself becomes a little exhausting. Some of the performers aren't as good as others, and sometimes it becomes very evident. However, it's also one of those films that is kind of difficult to resist. If you let it sort of wash over you, it will work in splendid, even magical ways, I just wish it was more consistent as a whole.


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