A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)

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An observable, fast-talking party man Darnell Wright, gets his punishment when one of his conquests takes it personally and comes back for revenge in this 'Fatal Attraction'-esque comic ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Earl (as Daryl M. Mitchell)
Gwen (as Wendy Robinson)
Reggie (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)


An observable, fast-talking party man Darnell Wright, gets his punishment when one of his conquests takes it personally and comes back for revenge in this 'Fatal Attraction'-esque comic thriller. Written by Anonymous

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While some women are waiting to exhale, this one is ready to get even. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language, a sex scene and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Thin Line Between Love & Hate  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$147,500 (USA) (19 July 1996)


$34,746,109 (USA) (16 August 1996)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Directorial debut of Martin Lawrence. See more »


When Brandi goes to Darnell's mother's house, the cameraman is reflected in the car's tinted rear window as she speeds off. See more »


Brandi Web: You put your hands on the wrong woman.
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References Shaft (1971) See more »


A Thin Line Between Love And Hate
Performed by H-Town
Produced by Roger Troutman
Written by Robert Poindexter, Richard Poindexter and Jackie Members
Courtesy of Luke Records
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Comedy with a surprisingly evil and sinister twist.
29 June 1999 | by (Cincinnati, Ohio) – See all my reviews

A Thin Line Between Love And Hate is a very solid movie production job from Martin Lawrence. The film provides a nice mix of drama and comedy. The story line revolves around Darnell (Martin Lawrence) Brandi (Lynn Whitfield) and Mia (Regina King). Darnell is a ladies man who thinks he says all the right things to the ladies. He runs across Brandi and makes a bet with his buddy Tee (Bobby Brown) that he would have sex with her once he gets to know her. Eventually he gets his chance and hits paydirt with Brandi sexually. Brandi was hurt before by her cheating husband and holds brutal grudges for "womanizing" men (She killed her ex husband after finding him in bed with another women) As her relationship with Darnell develops she warns him that she is not the type of woman to be hurt and taken advantage of. The Producer does a good job of bringing along Darnel's rekindling relationship with ex flame Mia. Somehow you feel that Darnel and Mia's future relationship holds promise despite Darnel's flirtatious ways. Some of the things that happen to Darnel because of his womanizing ways you feel are justified but Brandi is out for serious revenge. Brandi inflicts injury to herself and convinces police that Darnel is the perpetrator, she leaves his Truck on bricks outside of a police station, she stops at nothing. Darnel calls off his relationship with Mia due to threats by Brandi that she would hurt Mia. Determined to settle the score once and for all he goes to Brandi beautiful estate overlooking the Pacific....

> Thin Line Between Love And Hate was much better than I thought it would be. The movie definitely is funny but also provides plenty of drama. Lynn Whitfield is ever convincing in her role as Brandi, her piercing eyes slamming a knife down wickedly into her birthday cake is a scene worth remembering. What adds greatly to the movie is the fact that everything is centered around a nightclub which adds a certain feel and environment. This is a movie that is better than you would think. A definite thumbs up 8/10 on the scale.

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