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Chi-Raq (2015)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Mike Corridan
General King Kong
Mayor McCloud
Old Duke
Commissioner Blades
Chief Riptide


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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Release Date:

2 December 2016 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Чирак  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,647,377 (USA) (24 January 2016)

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2.35 : 1
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In this film, Michelle Mitchenor's character's name is Indigo. Joie Lee also plays a character named Indigo in another Spike Lee joint, Mo' Better Blues (1990). See more »


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 »


Lysistrata: Repeat after me: I will deny all rights of access or entrance.
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Written by Treasure Davis, Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Warren "Oak" Felder, Ronald "Flip" Colson, Stephen Mostyn and Brian Todd Collins
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Performed by Treasure Davis (Featuring Kid Ink)
Produced by @PopWansel and @Oakwud
Co-Produced by @Flippa123
Used courtesy of ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Chi-raq: Cultural appropriation on film, and a lousy film to begin with
11 December 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a lot to pick apart here, I could spend a good amount of time discussing why this movie is irritating.

I see a lot of praise from people in the reviews, and that's okay. I get why people would sorta like this, it's a "powerful feminist movie for our time" I see that. Where I cannot jive with this AT ALL is why they took the name Chi-raq. I don't know any people in Chicago who support this movie, the majority think it's goofy and cultural appropriation at it's worst.

The violence problems in Chiraq are not over colors, and women cannot stop it just by "withholding sex". You can say "it's a positive message, it applies to many places". No, not here. Chiraq is a term from that culture, the savages of Chiraq came up with that term when they started breaking homicide records. People there are irritated because Spike Lee heard the name and decided to run with it without doing ANY research into the culture he was completely and utterly misrepresenting. What Spike Lee did it the definition of appropriating, and it's just not right.

Aside from those ethical frustrations, the movie just isn't good. I'm still mind boggled as to why Nick Canon ever got a role in this film. He's not a good actor. The style of Spike Lee's directing has never been a favorite of mine, it's tolerable in here honestly; that was the singularly redeeming aspect of this film. Otherwise, this is a waste of money.

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