Written by Matthew Cirulnick, Thulani Davis. Starring Wood Harris, Mekhi Phifer, Cam’ron, and more.
This caption is the biggest take away from the movie we try apply to our lives. Translates to “be efficient”. I believe this movie is a masterpiece, and so do 93% of the audiences on rotten tomato. Pardon me as I fanboy a bit, this movie means a lot to me.
The movie starts for me at this mark. The scene is perfect, cluster-phobic, visible achievements and signifiers of a youth long past and outgrown, and there is Ace, tired and cramped in the middle of it. The directors ability to communicate the complex emotion and imagery keeps this movie fresh after 12 years. Even on mute, every scene play as a visual work of art.
A few callouts to relative moments through out the movie, make me wide-eyed with experiences from a lot of childhoods. The shoe box, the soap, cleaning rag, and a toothbrush. Costume design is key to making a world real. Abram Waterhouse and Suzette Daisle does a fantastic job paying homage to harlem streetwear, and setting tones with outfit choices. Cuts of DJ Brucie B introducing the movie, all call outs to Harlem culture.
The movie is available on Netflix. DO NOT WATCH THIS WITH YOUR KIDS. Luckily, someone on youtube loves this movie as much as I do. I will be breaking down scenes, but if you’d prefer to watch, the full length movie is available above.