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The Inkwell (1994)

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In 1976, Drew Tate is a young teenager who has trouble dealing with life after he accidentally sets his house on fire. His parents Kenny and Brenda decide to go to Martha's Vineyard to ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Tate
Kenny Tate
Brenda Tate
Spencer Phillips
Francis Phillips
Heather Lee (as Adrienne-Joi Johnson)
Harold Lee
Lauren Kelly (as Jada Pinkett)
Jr. Phillips
Dr. Wade
Perry Moore ...
Akia Victor ...
Aaron Griffin ...
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In 1976, Drew Tate is a young teenager who has trouble dealing with life after he accidentally sets his house on fire. His parents Kenny and Brenda decide to go to Martha's Vineyard to spend Fourth of July weekend with Brenda's sister Francis, Francis' black Republican husband Spencer and their son Junior. While there Drew falls for a self centered girl named Lauren and befriends a married lady named Heather. While on their vacation, Drew deals with his parents attempts to save their marriage as well as with his own troubles. Eventually all of this leads to a life changing event for Drew as well as his parents. Written by Brian Washington <>

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Summer's Never Been So Much Fun!


Romance | Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drew's Inkwell  »

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$8,880,705 (USA)

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OK coming of age period piece
8 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A black teen (L. Tate) causes a house fire and retreats into himself -- that is, until his parents take him to visit relatives on an island where a section of the beach has been taken over by blacks. Set in the 1970s, the viewer has to get used to the silly hairdos and outfits of the time, and which the writer and director have some fun with, especially during a dance scene. Brothers-in-law Joe Morton and Glynn Turman do not get along at all; the former is an urban working man type and the latter is a pretentious windbag. Eventually, they come to blows in a comic way. Suffice it to say, the introverted kid eventually meets a girl who helps draw him out of his shell. The title refers to the part of the beach that is occupied by blacks, and it is a revelation to the shy kid who has never seen anything like it. Turman as the pompous, upwardly mobile brother-in-law steals the show, which constantly veers from drama to comedy. Worth a watch, although it is uneven.

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