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Crooklyn (1994)

  Directed by: Spike Lee
Written by: Cinqué Lee, Joie Lee, Spike Lee
Starring: Delroy Lindo, Alfre Woodard
Links: Crooklyn on the IMDb, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 10.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Do we have to Dad? We're watching Soooooooul Train!" - a review by timchuma

5 kids, a strict, but caring mother and an unemployed musician father live in an apartment in Brooklyn. This film follows the trials and tribulations of their daily life.

The kids run around out on the street and play with their friends, while the mother looks after all of them, as well as working to support them as the father sometimes cannot make ends meet, but he does love his family and spoils the kids rotten sometimes.

After dinner one night, the mother tells the kids to clean up the kitchen, as she is going out with their father while he does his musician thing. So what do the kids do? They watch TV then go to bed. At 4.00AM, the mother comes in and drags them all out of bed to go clean the kitchen. One of the children's comments ("I'd rather have a father than a mother any day!") causes the mother to chase him around the table and hit him.

The story also focuses on Troy, the 10 year old daughter who has to fight with her brothers and is expected to do more things by her mother as she is the 'other woman' of the house.

This has to be one of my favourite movies of recent times. I would probably rank it with Hollywood Shuffle (1987) as being one of the best underrated movies I have seen. It says it is inspired by Spike Lee's childhood in Brooklyn, but you would probably not even know it was one of his movies if you started watching it without seeing the title. (Watch for Spike Lee's cameo as a glue sniffer.)

It is sort of a shame it had the glue sniffers in it, as if they weren't there it probably would have got a G rating, and hence a much larger audience which is what it deserves.

I would recommend this as a good family movie (if you've got older children that is), or to anyone who wants a good movie to watch with their partner, as there is almost no violence and no swearing.

Special mention must also go to the TV shows (and recreations of TV shows) as they suit the period perfectly (Soul Train and The Partridge Family being two). It also probably shows what the kids did most anyway. Good quote:
(the Mum hears singing)
Mum - Is the TV on?
All the kids: No!
(the kids sing softer)

timchuma gives this movie 10 out of 10.
Review created on Thu 26 Aug 2004

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