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In BACK IN THE DAY, Reggie Cooper, a young man from the rough side of the tracks who lives with his divorced, affluent father in order to avoid the gang activity that almost claimed his teenage life in his mother's neighborhood. When Reggie reconnects with a recently paroled friend from his past, he slips back into a life of crime with fatal consequences. Reggie becomes involved in the murder of a local preacher and in the aftermath of this crime, he falls in love with the preacher's daughter. Ultimately, he must choose between losing everything he cares about and his lifelong loyalty to his oldest friend. BACK IN THE DAY chronicles the powerful story of one man's search for personal redemption. Written by
It was not as bad as SozeTheKeyser said it was. But then, I did not buy it. I saw it as a feature on one of the movie channels on the satellite service I use. I reserve purchasing for more family-oriented films. While this would not have met my criteria for purchasing, it was nonetheless an OK film.
Ja Rule did a better-than-most-rappers-turned-actors job on what is apparently his first time out as an actor (in a leading role, no less!). There was another movie I saw on BET with another rapper in the starring role. It truly stunk, and even the merciful breaks from commercials did not save that one. In fact even when I was out of the room hearing the audio, it stunk even worse. "Back In The Day" was not such a stinker by far.
Ja Rule did a decent job. Maybe even better than passable. He did not overplay the moments. He seemed to take directing well, which leads to the subject of directing. I think it was a very well directed film, and would like to see more from James Hunter. Even though he had some real power hitters to work with, there seemed to be a good gel among the actors that made the writing of Mr. Hunter and Michael Raffanello credible.
It was a low budget film. There is no doubt about that. It was an indie. You put these two together and you get "Back In The Day". There were not the obligatory BOOM! SPLATTER! and ZOOM! that marks so many wannabe blockbusters, but instead the focus was on the story, which while common did bring some surprises that most may not anticipate. I did not, although usually I do. Sometimes it felt like a play without the music. This is not a bad thing, but a comment on the feel of the movie.
I think Rhames (one of my top 5 favorite actors), Grier (who could not love this ageless beauty), Morton (my neighbor), Morgan (the dimples I wished I could have married) and Ali (ok, so Ms. Grier has competition) all did a wonderful job. This was far from a "paying the bills" project as I am sure that all of these in-demand actors can live very well off the residuals of their past work.
That is all from me on "Back in The Day". It was not a film that I would purchase for my personal library, but if I see it in the TV listings again, I would watch it. I love morality plays that are honest yet sensitive. One thing I noticed in this film, which many lack, especially those surrounding Black characters,was the respect given to role of Christianity and its more conscientious leaders in the community. I appreciated the lack of hyperbolic and rhetorical dialog and character stereotypes. I would like to thank the writers, director and actors for a decent "B" movie.
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