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Keenen Ivory Wayans
Keenen Ivory Wayans,
Charles S. Dutton,
Jada Pinkett Smith
The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his own insecurities about love as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled younger brother Joshua (Bokeem Woodbine). Jason, an assistant manager and sales clerk at a T.V. store falls in love with Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) and finds happiness, but his family history and mentally ill war veteran father, Maddog (Forest Whitaker) plague his life's plans before he can leave it all for a better life. Written by
The abandoned railroad crossing where Lyric is alone is located east of Montrose/Studemont Blvd. in the Houston area. Sadly, the railroad crossing was demolished in early 2000. A majority of the film takes place in Houston's Third, Fourth, and Fifth Ward. These neighborhoods were named after voter precincts when the City of Houston was founded in 1856. See more »
The bank and the bank parking lot during the robbery scene are not in the same location; the parking lot is located in the Eleanor Tinsley Park complex off Allen Parkway west of Downtown Houston. See more »
[after Jason suspects him of reverting back to his old ways]
You think I'm stupid? I ain't in no hurry to go back to that cage! I know no one else around here believes in me, but I always thought that when it came down to it, you would.
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It isn't often that you get to see a compelling film that deals with human sacrifices, love and the courage to find a true identity to lead a good moral life. . .
Jason's Lyric was one film that became that testament of many issues combined. For me it's not just a film but more in terms of reaching out to those unfortunate souls living a somber life and helping to reflect on those wishing to make a change for the best.
Allan Payne, Jada Pinkett and Bokeem Woodbine all give electrifying performances. One of the strongest issues the film dealt with was Payne's relationship as a brother to troubled Woodbine. The disturbing part for me though was Forest Whittaker's performance as the father who go's berserk after the Vietnam War, losing all sense of morality for himself and his family.
A brilliant film, I can't recommend this film enough.
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