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... See full summary »
Jada Pinkett Smith,
Four Black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women's brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, their tastes and interests begin to change and their suspicions of each other increase on the way to a climactic robbery.Written by
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According to the documentary Set It Straight: The Making Of Set It Off, the movie was shot in 39 days under the budget of 9 millon dollars. See more »
When Cleo crashes through the bank with the SUV and picks up the girls, the tire marks can be seen already in the carpet before they reverse and crash into the adjacent restaurant. See more »
[refering to the cassette tapes]
[looks at another one]
[trows them out the car]
Pass me a tape.
Lida 'Stony' Newsom:
Lets go Cleo.
I aint goin' no where 'til you pass me a tape!
Lida 'Stony' Newsom:
[throws her a tape]
TAKE THAT SHIT, LETS GO!
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In the Directors Cut, before Stoney goes on her first date with Keith, another scene is included in which the girls watch the news and hear about the bank robbery they committed earlier in the day. See more »
"Set it Off" is another brilliant little B sleeper by the talented F. Gary Gray. What sets this film apart from your routine crime caper/heist flick is that it features some very impressive and strong performances by Jada Pinkett-Smith (one of her very best roles) and Quen Latifah. Vivica Fox, Kimberly Elise and the underrated John C. McGinty were also quite effective in supporting roles. Blair Underwood, who I lilke, was sort of wasted as reverse eye candy. The love story sub plot was a bit if a distraction, only in a minor way. But at the core of this film was the bond between these ladies, all driven to rob banks for various reasons. What they all shared was their desperation. Instead of cliched cardboard characters, we are served pretty well fleshed out characters with as much depth as time allows. Some have mentioned they didn't like the ending, but I rather did. Queen Latifah was outstanding as a hardened career criminal. There is one scene where Jada's character stands up to her and it's tasty.
All in all, a pretty dang good thriller film that should be seen. The performances are what elevates it above the norm for this genre.
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