An actor limited to stereotypical roles because of his ethnicity, dreams of making it big as a highly respected performer. As he makes his rounds, the film takes a satiric look at African American actors in Hollywood.
Craigus R. Johnson,
Chinese kid Julian, who was adopted by the black family of Joe and Annabelle Lee and Asian exchange student May-Ling, who is housed with a black family, are trying to adapt to their mostly ... See full summary »
As Carl Black gets the opportunity to move his family out of Chicago in hope of a better life, their arrival in Beverly Hills is timed with that city's annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours.
A scene was filmed in which the family's oven explodes but it was deleted. This was based on a true incident in Spike Lee's life. See more »
The amount of Trix cereal on the floor changes when Troy and Wendell are fighting for the box of Trix. See more »
[Clinton, Wendell and Nate watching the Knicks game at Troy's room, Carolyn comes into her room]
[turns off the television set]
What's wrong with you? I'm watching the Knicks!
Boy, I'll knock you out.
Yeah, what's the big deal?
The big deal is I said no TV on a school night, damn it! The Knicks got a job! You need an education or I will throw this idiot box out the window!
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The closing credits play over old footage of several episodes of "Soul Train". See more »
Crooklyn is an engaging film that stands out in Spike Lee's filmography, not only for Lee's seamless storying of everyday life in 70's Brooklyn, but also because of his interesting and innovative cinematic imagery. The cinematography Lee employs in Crooklyn helps to create fantastic -sometimes even cartoon-like- environments in which his characters spring to life and thrive. His dollying techniques (placing actors on dollies), lens choice, and manipulation of color conspire to add special characteristics to this film. This is a great film to watch not only for Lee's ability to highlight the beauty of the quotidian in his storytelling, but also for the aesthetic qualities that Lee produces with his rich filmic vocabulary.
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