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Red Hook Summer (2012)

R | | Drama | 17 May 2013 (Brazil)
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A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writers:

Spike Lee (screenplay), James McBride (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Limary Agosto Limary Agosto ... Lourdes
Sumayya Ali Sumayya Ali ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
Turron Kofi Alleyne ... Butter
De'Adre Aziza ... Colleen Royale
Jonathan Batiste ... Da Organist Tk Hazelton
Quincy Tyler Bernstine ... Hazel
Daniel Breaker ... Cliff
Jules Brown ... Flik Royale
Charles Anthony Bryant Charles Anthony Bryant ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
Janinah Burnett Janinah Burnett ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
Thomas Jefferson Byrd ... Deacon Zee
Courtney D. Carey Courtney D. Carey ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
Jim Davis Jim Davis ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Director
Colman Domingo ... Blessing Rowe
Shani Foster Shani Foster ... Lil' Peace Of Heaven Baptist Church Of Red Hook Choir Member
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A middle-class boy from Atlanta finds his worldview changed as he spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief violence, language and a disturbing situation | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2013 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Verão em Red Hook See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,070, 12 August 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$338,803, 18 November 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is the sixth film in Spike Lee's series "Brooklyn Chronicles." See more »

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Referenced in Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014) See more »

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Awful
13 October 2012 | by riclanders-501-982768See all my reviews

Just awful.

Every shopworn ghetto cliché packed in.

Woody Allen's movies were crap in the beginning, but then they got better. Lee's movies where wonderful in the beginning, but then they got crappier and crappier.

When you first see this old Bible-toting fool you cringe and say to yourself, "Oh, God," don't tell me the movie is about him." And why a movie about some dumb kid? Why does Lee think dumb kids and old Bible- toting fools are something to make a movie about?

This all goes back to a certain psychology that's infected the black community for ages -- our fascination with failure and stupidity.

The first question that pops up is how can a mother be so stupid as to place a child with a grandfather who's obviously a failure and fool? The building the old fool lives in reeks with urine; everyone above 13 pushes drugs. The mother and kid are from Middle-class Atlanta. Why on earth does she take him out of middle-class Atlanta for a summer in drug and crime infected Red Hook?

This reflects Lee's increasing disorientation about things. I mean, what kind of grandfather takes 14 or 15 year to see his grandkid? Such a dumb premise.

I watched 10 minutes of it and wanted the $5 I spent on the bootleg copy back.


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