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Spike Lee and his siblings Cinque and Joie Susannah Lee wrote this affectionate comedy which focuses on a ten-year-old girl growing up with her parents and four brothers in 1970s Brooklyn.
Lee is a great self-promoter. After all his press releases and all his interviews, we are given films that are sketchy, unfelt and distancing -- incidents in Lee's career, the only drama that really interests him.
This remarkable movie will haunt you for a good long time.
While Lee fails to impose sufficient structure on his material, expertly drawn performances help vividly to evoke the family and street life of an era untroubled by crack or drive-by shootings.
The key problem is that the film is simply a ragged series of anecdotal sketches.
Modulating from heavy to light, from angry to lyrical, and so on, the movie's an enjoyable, emotional symphony.
It's not Lee's most challenging work, but it's certainly amongst his most charming.
It's the first Spike Lee film with the potential to be turned into a television show. More important, it's the first one to display real warmth of heart.
Lee is as talented as any director is capturing an era, and some of the early scenes perfectly recall the mood of the time. The pop soundtrack may be a little too obvious, but it gets the job done.
A sub-par vision of Brooklyn with some bright spots
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