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The story of a young man, Jason (Allen Payne) who must confront his trauma-induced insecurity about love, as well as a sense of owed responsibility to his mother and troubled brother Joshua (Bokeem Woodbine). Jason, an assistant manager and sales clerk at an electronics store, falls in love with Lyric (Jada Pinkett Smith) and finds happiness, but his family history and mentally ill war veteran father, Maddog (Forest Whitaker) plague his life's plans before he can leave it all for a better life.Written by
Like New Orleans Houston, had a ward system of six wards, When Houston was founded in 1836 and incorporated in 1837, its founders, the Allen Brothers, divided it into political geographic districts called "wards", precursors to City Council districts. This is a common political tool still used in some American cities. When the system was at its peak, Houston had six wards, from the first to the sixth, and were officially abandoned as political entities in 1915. Houstonians still identify certain Afro-American communities as being "wards" which are not identical to the wards that existed before 1915, but sometimes appear on signage and discussion. New Orleans has not had officials elected to represent wards since 1912, but like Houston, the ward designations remain a part of New Orleans' social fabric, especially since Hurricane Katrina. See more »
The bank and the bank parking lot during the robbery scene are not in the same location; the parking lot is located in the Eleanor Tinsley Park complex off Allen Parkway west of Downtown Houston. The Bank is located inside Loop 610 in the Heights between T.C. Jester and Airline Drive, about 5 miles from downtown. See more »
[after Jason suspects him of reverting back to his old ways]
You think I'm stupid? I ain't in no hurry to go back to that cage! I know no one else around here believes in me, but I always thought that when it came down to it, you would.
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US unrated video release is billed as "Special, sexy unrated version" and features 1 minute of additional sex footage not present in the original theatrical version. See more »
This film pretty much came out at a time when more and more films featuring blacks in positive images were coming out. This film came out around the same time as another film that Jada Pinkett was in, The Inkwell. However, this film tries to be three films at once. First its a story about the tragic events in the brother's past. The second story is almost an urban version of "Romeo and Juliet". The third plot revolves around how Jason's brother constantly gets into trouble leading to his tragic end. The love story would have been enough for me because it shows that African Americans can have very loving relationships and can be romantic. Unfortunately, in the end it turns into a typical bloody shootout, but it does have a twist ending and that helped to save it.
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