A shy, troubled young man who set his own house on fire and has an imaginary friend, is sent to a vineyard where he finds himself in the middle of his political-arguing, party-loving family and his love torn between two girls.

Director:

Writers:

(as Tom Ricostronza),
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jason's Lyric (1994)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua... See full summary »

Director: Doug McHenry
Stars: Allen Payne, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bokeem Woodbine
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three women each claim to be the widow of 1950s doo-wop singer Frankie Lymon, claiming legal rights to his estate.

Director: Gregory Nava
Stars: Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon
Love Jones (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Darius Lovehall is a young black poet in Chicago who starts dating Nina Moseley, a beautiful and talented photographer. While trying to figure out if they've got a "love thing" or are just ... See full summary »

Director: Theodore Witcher
Stars: Larenz Tate, Nia Long, Isaiah Washington
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A black detective becomes embroiled in a web of danger while searching for a fortune in missing drug money.During the course of his investigation, he encounters various old connections, ... See full summary »

Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Stars: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Charles S. Dutton, Jada Pinkett Smith
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young man living in poverty makes a plan to rob a drug dealer and change the life of his family.

Director: Matty Rich
Stars: George T. Odom, Ann D. Sanders, Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
The Brothers (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Four friends begin to question women and relationships when one of them announces impending nuptials.

Director: Gary Hardwick
Stars: Morris Chestnut, Shemar Moore, D.L. Hughley
Soul Food (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long
The Wood (1999)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

While dealing with a friend's cold feet on his wedding day, a writer reminisces about his youth with his best friends.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Stars: Elayn J. Taylor, Omar Epps, Richard T. Jones
Set It Off (1996)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Desperation drives four inner-city women (Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Kimberly Elise) to bank robbery in Los Angeles, then they start mistrusting one another.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Stars: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Vietnam vet adjusts to life after the war while trying to support his family, but the chance of a better life may involve crime and bloodshed.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Stars: Larenz Tate, Keith David, Chris Tucker
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of the rise and fall of an African American vocal group.

Director: Robert Townsend
Stars: Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon
Brown Sugar (2002)
Romance | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Friends since childhood, a magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive stumble into romantic territory.

Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Stars: Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Yasiin Bey
Edit

Cast

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
...
Evelyn
...
Dr. Wade
...
Darryl
Perry Moore ...
Moe
Akia Victor ...
Charlene
Aaron Griffin ...
Boy w / Lauren
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Summer's Never Been So Much Fun!

Genres:

Romance | Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 April 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drew's Inkwell  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$8,880,705 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

This House Is Smokin'
Written by George Burton and Joe Costantino
Performed by B.T. Express
Courtesy of Roadshow Music Corp.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Virgin City
16 February 2003 | by (east orange, new jersey) – See all my reviews

I enjoy watching movies that reflect back to the 70s,but as for Larenz Tate character in the movie to me seems kinda wierd. In comparison to the year before with "Menace to Society" were he play a ruthless gangster. In this movie he portrays a shy young man who travels to Martha's Vineyard with his parents in the summer of 1976. He carries a doll with him through have of the movie,get shoved to the floor by a guy who's dancing with a girl he's interested in,and gets stood up by Jada Pinkett who went back to her ex-boyfriend. Talk about a 360 in character. Still a good movie but I think it's more of a home situated movie then going to the theaters. As for Larenz Tate the best part of the movie for him is he learn how a man feels when making love to a woman.


1 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
year the story took place? MidknightBlaze
Best part of this movie.... Mheywood
just re watched it , long time havent seen and... lfell27
Why i didnt like this movie first time around americanflg
Anyone knows the song... marba1065
Remake of the Summer of '42 gdk3129
Discuss The Inkwell (1994) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?