JJ, aka John Shaft Jr. (Usher), may be a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, but to uncover the truth behind his best friend's untimely death, he needs an education only his dad can provide. Absent throughout JJ's youth, the legendary locked-and-loaded John Shaft (Jackson) agrees to help his progeny navigate Harlem's heroin-infested underbelly. And while JJ's own FBI analyst's badge may clash with his dad's trademark leather coat, there's no denying family. Besides, Shaft's got an agenda of his own, and a score to settle that's professional and personal.
At one point in the film Samuel L. Jackson tells his son that he got a real Super Bowl ring from L.T., referring to former NFL player Lawrence Taylor. This is also likely a reference to the previous Shaft (2000) in which Taylor appeared, although he was not playing himself but an actual character in the film. See more »
The opening scenes were set in 1984 yet there are multiple modern cars seen in the background. See more »
[to herself after running toward danger and then running right back]
Nope, nope, that's some simple bitch shit. Okay, we ain't gonna be her.
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When the main title comes on in the traditional Shaft font, the copyright notice reads MCMLXXI, which is 1971, the year the original was released. The proper 2019 notice appears in the end credits. See more »
93 'til Infinity
Written by A. Plus (as Adam Carter), Bill Cobham (as William Cobham), Opid Lindsey, Tajai Massey and Damani Thompson
Performed by Souls of Mischief
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
Contains a sample of "Heather"
Performed by Bill Cobham (as Billy Cobham)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
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Nice to see a film without an agenda to push. Shaft was entertaining from start to finish. Good action, good comedic timing, and Samuel L Jackson is awesome (as usual). If you are one of those modern day sensitive snowflakes, this film might not be for you though.
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