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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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General King Kong
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Mayor McCloud
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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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A Spike Lee Joint See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Musical

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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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2 December 2016 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,198,356, 6 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,647,377, 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 »

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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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Dolmedes: Lysistrata had them all take a solemn oath: "Stop the murder madness or there will be no more po." That's right, you get none.
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My City
Written by Willie Middleton, Tyrone Ollie, Tyree Pittman, Chris Barnett, Leroy Griffin, Jr., Robert Amparan, Tiwan Raybon and Nick Cannon
Published by Satchel 'N' Jackson Company Inc (BMI), Spikey Poo Songs, Inc. (ASCAP), WB Music Corp (ASCAP) o/b/o itself and Young Chop Publishing (ASCAP), Fisno50 Publishing (ASCAP), Leroy Griffin, Jr. (BMI), Robert Amparan (BMI), Sibley Boy Publishing (ASCAP) and N CAN N Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Nick Cannon
Produced by Young Chop
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At least he tried
17 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Chicago is referred to as Chi-Raq. American losses in Afghanistan from 2001 to today amounts to 2349, in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 amounts to 4424, and Chicago from 2001 to 2015 with 7356 murders. Dolmedes (Samuel L. Jackson) refers to ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes' play Lysistrata. Chi-Raq (Nick Cannon) is a rapper. Lysistrata (Teyonah Parris) is his girlfriend. Cyclops (Wesley Snipes) is a local thug. Irene (Jennifer Hudson) suffers the lost of her child from a stray bullet. Lysistrata leads a campaign by the women to withhold sex until the men stop the violence.

Spike Lee takes on a tough subject. The 'solution' is poetic and way too simplistic. I get the allure of pairing the classic Greek play with the present day reality. If nothing else, he's agitating for a solution to this intractable problem. He's not giving up. As for the movie itself, I have a few problems with the cast. John Cusack does not fit as a priest. I accept his Chicago connection and his need to help with this issue. He has never played this type of role and it's very odd to see him here. The General King Kong character is even worst. He is ridiculous. I don't know what Spike Lee is trying to say about the military and what connection they have with the murder rate. On the other hand, Jennifer Hudson's presence is powerful. Overall, this is a mix bag but at least, Spike Lee is willing to tackle the issue like he did so many years ago.


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