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The Tenants (2005)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  April 2005 (USA)
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In an abandoned tenement, an African-American militant writer and a Jewish novelist develop a friendship while struggling to complete their novels, but inner tension rises between the two.



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Credited cast:
Harry Lesser
Sera Demira ...
Willie Spearmint
Irene Bell
Mary Kettlesmith
Gene Gilbert ...
Mr. Ross
Linda Lawson ...
Young Cop
Jacob 32
Stage Actor
Female Partygoer
Lamont Bentley ...
Male Partygoer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Glover ...
Party Goer


On the top floor of an abandoned tenement, Harry Lesser struggles to complete the novel he has been writing for almost ten years. Then Willie Spearmint, black militant and aspiring writer, moves into another part of the building to work on his own book. Written by Anonymous

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One man struggles to define himself. Another, to define his generation. See more »

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Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »


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April 2005 (USA)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,010 (USA) (3 February 2006)


$2,010 (USA) (3 February 2006)

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A Fairly Interesting Film
31 January 2006 | by (Hurricaneland, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Just finished watching "The Tenants" last night, and thought I'd make a couple of comments, as of this date, there really hasn't been much info or opinions given about it yet. In general, I thought it was a pretty decent movie, being similar to "Barton Fink," and it held my interest throughout the film. There wasn't a very involved plot, but the main characters were interesting, as was the character development.

One of the central themes of this film was racism. Both of the male leads were racist. "Mr. Dogg's" character was outwardly so, but, for Lessor, it took some time to see that, deep down, many of his views about blacks were based on "facts," or stereotypical ideas us white folk pick up when young, or somewhere along life's way. I had started to like Lessor, as he was a quirky character, who was living his life as he wanted, irregardless of whether it was along society's guidelines or not, but as these came out, along with my impression of him coming off as a know-it-all, I found myself, little by little, losing any affinity I had felt towards him, and by the last parts of the film, I was actually hoping for something nasty to happen to him. I must add that, although I am leaning on the side that this is what he wanted, I am not sure if these impressions of Lessor were, indeed, what the filmmaker was trying to have the audience see, or if these were just my own personal thoughts.

I saw some comments in the message boards on the question of whether Snoop Dogg could act in a serious role. For my two cents, I thought he did a pretty decent job. I'm not sure I'm ready to start comparing him to Marlon Brando or Dustin Hoffman just yet, but this type of role is kind of new for him, so he's still got time yet. In his previous roles, the films revolve around and utilize his skills as a rapper, a "player," and all-around slick guy, and he has been at, or near, the top of his profession for many years. I think it takes some courage on his part to risk failure, to try a different venue where he's trying something new, and where he isn't considered some kind of "God."

It makes me wonder though, how someone with the unbelievable life he appears to have, would still want more. I guess it just goes to show you that we can get accustom to, and even bored with, just about anything. Yeah, I suppose all that money, and the women, and the adoration from everyone you meet, can just get old after a while, huh?

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