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Crooklyn (1994)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  13 May 1994 (USA)
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From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

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From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for drug content | See all certifications »

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13 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Круклин  »

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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$13,640,000 (USA)
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The amount of Trix cereal on the floor changes when Troy and Wendell are fighting for the box of Trix. See more »

Quotes

Carolyn Carmichael: Wendell, PLEASE close your mouth when you chew!
Wendell: Why can't you let me eat in peace for once?
Carolyn Carmichael: Because you disturbing the peace! You eat like a pig and chew like a cow!
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The closing credits play over old footage of several episodes of "Soul Train". See more »


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La-La Means I Love You
Written by William Hart and Thom Bell
Performed by The Delfonics
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Warm and bittersweet...
7 January 2002 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I didn't hear much about this film when it was released, but the general consensus was that it was one of Spike Lee's minor efforts. That said, I've just caught it on late night TV and I was impressed with what I saw. Crooklyn tells the story of a family of seven in early seventies Brooklyn from the perspective of the only daughter and, er, that's about it. But I was amazed at how much of this film 'rang true' considering the number of oddly filmed, surreal scenes (the glue-sniffing scene near the start was fantastic). I think it works because of the uniformly excellent performances and spot-on art direction, but also because of the characters themselves. Everyone is different in subtle ways, and they seem like a real community instead of a bunch of strangers who dress the same like in other movies. I do agree with one of the criticisms posted here: Crooklyn is about 15 minutes too long. Also, Lee is harder on Aunt Song than on the other characters, and I could never quite work out why. The (simulated) cruelty to animals was also a shame from my perspective because it threw me out of the movie; I have trouble concentrating on the story when I see animals being mistreated. But these are minor quibbles because Crooklyn features many beautifully observed moments of family life, and for non-Americans like me the wonderful vintage television ("Afro-Sheen!") is the icing on a very satisfying cake. Highly recommended.


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