Do the Right ThingDVD - 2001
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AL_TIM Sep 27, 2017
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
This movie didn't even make it as one of the nominees in 1989. It is iconic, and no one can deny Spike Lee as a visionary.
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"Do your friends put money in your pocket? Food on your table, they pay your rent, a roof over your head? They're not your friends. If they were your friends, they wouldn't laugh at you."
"Today's temperature's gonna rise up over 100 degrees, so there's a Jheri curl alert! That's right, Jheri curl alert. If you have a Jheri curl, stay in the house or you'll end up with a permanent black helmet on your head fuh-eva!"
"Let me tell you the story of right hand-left hand. It's a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cain iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: static. One hand is always fighting the other hand, and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand--Love--is finished. But hold on, stop the presses; the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes now, that's right. Ooh, it's a devastating right and Hate is hurt. He's down. Left-Hand Hate KO-ed by Love."
Violence: Some violence (I can't describe in detail as it risks spoiling the film), but most of it could be seen on the news, so it's fair to say it's present but not brutally harsh, especially for today's standards in, say, action films or crime dramas.
Coarse Language: 240 uses of the F-word, even more uses of the N-word, and many uses of various other cusses, including a wide range of racial slurs (one scene includes a montage of different prejudicial views on different rases that are filled with them). If coarse language is a concern to you, then this film will be highly inappropriate.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: The climactic scene (involving a great deal of violence and destruction) in this film may be intense for more sensitive viewers.