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Brooklyn Babylon (2001)

 -  Drama | Music | Romance  -  17 August 2001 (USA)
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A charismatic rapper falls in love with a young Jewish girl despite the confines of her religious background.

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Solomon, Member of The Lions
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Sara (as Karen Goberman)
Bonz Malone ...
Scratch
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Judah
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Earl Contaste ...
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Carol Woods ...
Cislyn
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Buddah
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Camille Cruse ...
Cindy
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James 'Kamal' Gray ...
Member of The Lions
Leonard 'Hub' Hubbard ...
Member of The Lions
Kyle 'Scratch' Jones ...
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Mina Bern ...
Nanna
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In Brooklyn's Crown Heights, where West Indian Rastafarians and other Blacks live next door to the Jewish Lubavitch community, ethnic tensions are high. After a minor car crash, the headstrong Judah and other Jewish youths who patrol as vigilantes confront Scratch, a mouthy African-American hustler. Passengers in the cars make eye contact: Sol, a hip-hop musician, songwriter, and artist (Scratch's friend), and Sara, who is betrothed to Judah but wants to go to college and be on her own. Over the next few days, while Scratch and Judah's conflict escalates in violence, Sara and Sol connect in ways that echo Sheba and Solomon. The friendship puts them in danger. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, and for some violence, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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Good cast for an okay Romeo and Juliet story
23 June 2001 | by (Oakland) – See all my reviews

I agree with the last reviewer that the best thing about this film is the fact that it features DA ROOOOOOTS!!! Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter stars as an up and coming MC of an organic hip hop band.... basically he does a fine job playing a character based on himself. Karen Goberman is also good as the female lead, although their relationship isn't very well written, which holds true for the writing as a whole. Everything about the film except for the performances feels contrived.... their relationship, the tension between the Black and Jewish communities that it's set against (even with the understanding that these tensions are very real). I'd like to see Tariq and The Roots working on other films.... hopefully next time they'll have a better script to work with.


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