Robert Townsend stars as the patriarch of a family devastated when his wife is killed in a senseless auto accident. Reeling with grief, each family member must find courage and vision to carry on, ultimately eager to do the mother proud.
Sixteen-year-old Xtra Keys hopes to raise his son better than his boozy, razor-edged mother raised him, and he just might get his wish when he's thrust into an unorthodox alternative school full of underprivileged boys.
Michael Clarke Duncan,
Vivica A. Fox
The story of Little Richard Penniman, from his poor Southern upbringing to dealing with the trials and tribulations of being a black singer in the 1950s, to his born-again phase and brief "retirement" from rock and roll.
Several shady and shallow people try to profit, one after the other, from a physically deformed teenager whose face looks like a snout of a rodent and who lives hidden in a city garbage dump, alone and miserable.
This is the story of a lawyer (Townsend) who watches as the justice system cuts loose dealers, rapists & killers. One night, in a moment of rage, he puts together a packet, naming a dozen thugs who should be put to death. He then sends the packet to his closest friends-and forgets about it. His rage spent, his suburban life goes on. Until he wakes up one morning, goes to get the paper, shambling towards him is one his friends, drenched in someone else's blood. The slaughter has started. This is Townsend's best film. This is Townsend as a hybrid of Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino. This film grabs you and holds you to the bloody end.
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