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The Inkwell (1994)

 -  Romance | Comedy | Drama  -  22 April 1994 (USA)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Drew Tate
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Kenny Tate
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Brenda Tate
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Spencer Phillips
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Francis Phillips
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Heather Lee (as Adrienne-Joi Johnson)
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Harold Lee
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Lauren Kelly (as Jada Pinkett)
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Evelyn
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Dr. Wade
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Darryl
Perry Moore ...
Moe
Akia Victor ...
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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 <Sargebri@att.net>

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Summer's Never Been So Much Fun!

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Romance | Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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22 April 1994 (USA)  »

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Drew's Inkwell  »

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$8,880,705 (USA)
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Jonathan Demme often visited the set and befriended young director Matty Rich. The two spoke of doing a film together but that never materialized. See more »


Soundtracks

On And On
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
Courtesy of Buddah Records
By Arrangement with Essex Entertainment, Inc.
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They can't even put the cliches correctly!
27 May 2000 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

This is 90's blaxploitation. Same scenario as hundreds of movies but with black actors. What makes this movie special (negatively of course) is the lack of coherency. The director just thought of some obligatory scenes and decided to present them without even remotely placing hints helping the audience understand how the protagonists arrived there. Especially the mother-daughter reconciliation was for great laughs! Or the couple. Before their talk of figuring out a solution to their problems, nobody could imagine they had problems! And what to say about the oh-so-predictable ending. The list goes on and on. I think the actors themselves understood the idiocy of the script and tried to put a comic air in otherwise serious incidents. Is there something worth mentioning in this movie, except its silly script and the failed imitation of classic themes? Just two words: Jada Pinkett. Wow.


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