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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Drew Tate
... Kenny Tate
... Brenda Tate
... Spencer Phillips
... Francis Phillips
... Heather Lee (as Adrienne-Joi Johnson)
... Harold Lee
... Lauren Kelly (as Jada Pinkett)
... Jr. Phillips
... Evelyn
... Dr. Wade
... Darryl
Perry Moore ... Moe
Akia Victor ... Charlene
Aaron Griffin ... Boy w / Lauren
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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!

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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22 April 1994 (USA)  »

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$8,880,705
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Trivia

Jonathan Demme often visited the set and befriended young director Matty Rich. The two spoke of doing a film together but that never materialized. See more »

Goofs

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 »


Soundtracks

On And On
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Gladys Knight & The Pips
Courtesy of Buddah Records
By Arrangement with Essex Entertainment, Inc.
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Good Movie Sidelined by Stupidity
24 February 2007 | by See 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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