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The Inkwell (1994)

A shy, troubled young man who set his own house on fire and has an imaginary friend, is sent to a vineyard where he finds himself in the middle of his political-arguing, party-loving family and his love torn between two girls.


Matty Rich


Trey Ellis (as Tom Ricostronza), Paris Qualles




Cast overview, first billed only:
Larenz Tate ... Drew Tate
Joe Morton ... Kenny Tate
Suzzanne Douglas ... Brenda Tate
Glynn Turman ... Spencer Phillips
Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Francis Phillips
A.J. Johnson ... Heather Lee (as Adrienne-Joi Johnson)
Morris Chestnut ... Harold Lee
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Lauren Kelly (as Jada Pinkett)
Duane Martin ... Jr. Phillips
Mary Alice ... Evelyn
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ... Dr. Wade
Markus Redmond ... Darryl
Perry Moore Perry Moore ... Moe
Akia Victor Akia Victor ... Charlene
Aaron Griffin Aaron Griffin ... Boy w / Lauren


In 1976, Drew Tate is a young teenager who has trouble dealing with life after he accidentally sets his house on fire. His parents Kenny and Brenda decide to go to Martha's Vineyard to spend Fourth of July weekend with Brenda's sister Francis, Francis' black Republican husband Spencer and their son Junior. While there Drew falls for a self centered girl named Lauren and befriends a married lady named Heather. While on their vacation, Drew deals with his parents attempts to save their marriage as well as with his own troubles. Eventually all of this leads to a life changing event for Drew as well as his parents. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Summer's Never Been So Much Fun!


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Writer Trey Ellis hated the finished version of the film and had his name replaced the fictitious Tom Ricostronza. "Ricostronza" is Italian for "rich bitch". See more »


A marquee is displayed showing a real film titled Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars. However, the spelling is incorrect as the marquee spells Traveling with two L's. See more »


Kenny Tate: I never said I didn't play. I SAID I didn't want to play and you are the one that assumed I didn't know HOW to play this racket game!
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Written and Performed by Richard Hill
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Good Movie Sidelined by Stupidity
24 February 2007 | by GearMavenSee all my reviews

So many parts of this movie were truly moving and then you were blasted with utterly stupid scenes...the insane giggling of the adolescent boys, the interactions between the brothers-in-law. What could have been a really tremendous movie was absolutely sidelined by the unsuccessful attempts at over-the-top humor that had none of us laughing.

In fact, when seeing the critics "hilarious" and such comments on the DVD box, it simply reinforced my belief that most, if not all, male critics in our society today are simply 14-year-old adolescent boys in adult bodies. This was simply not funny and should instead have gone with mild humor and the wonderful story basis. Such a shame!

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Release Date:

22 April 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drew's Inkwell See more »

Filming Locations:

Kure Beach, North Carolina, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,358,988, 24 April 1994

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Touchstone Pictures See more »
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1.85 : 1
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