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She's Gotta Have It
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02.20.2008 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Spike Lee

Actors:
Tracy Camila Johns
Redmond Hicks
John Canada Terrell

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A confident womanís many lovers talk about their relationship with the woman and the effect it had on their lives. Through a series of simultaneous relationships, the woman learns more about herself than she does her many lovers.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I should probably start by saying Iím not a big Spike Lee fan. I donít like him personally, or as a filmmaker. I find his earlier films to be extremely hypocritical and ripe with amateurish mistakes that can be more attributed to his ego than his shortcomings as a director. However, Iíll refrain from making this review a bash Spike Lee column and more about the film itself. When put into perspective, the film is not half bad and actually shows a little promise for the now-celebrated filmmaker.

To generalize the film, it feels like an ode to Tracy Camila Johns. Itís similar to something I would try to make if I were a kid trying to score with a girl out of my league. The camera tends to hang on her too long and in many cases, unnecessarily. I was pleased that Spike Lee didnít chicken out with the nudity and most of the nude scenes were actually warranted given the subject matter. I guess if I had a problem with the story, it was with the fact that I didnít find her attractive. In fact, I found her lesbian pursuer (Raye Dowell) more attractive than the main star.

Itís very difficult for any director to film scenes where the actors address the camera. Itís a hard thing for the actor to do in a comfortable manner and still feel believable. Needless to say, this technique was a little out of Leeís range as a director given this was his first film. Every time he did it, the actors looked incredibly uncomfortable and often times flubbed their lines, or inserted pauses where pauses shouldnít be. I can only assume the budget didnít allow for retakes.

Aside from those scenes, I found the performances to be average. I wouldnít say the film suffered from lack of talent in front of the camera. They did the best they could with what they had. Sometimes Leeís way of filming makes actors look out of place or uncomfortable, which I found annoying when watching the movie. But remember, this was the first film he made and with that in mind, it was an impressive freshman effort.
THE EXTRAS
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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Die-hard Spike Lee fans should definitely pick this one up. Itís fun to see the Mars character for the first time since I was a big Air Jordan fan back in the day. Other than that, the film had too many problems to make it a blanket recommend.
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