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Red Hook Summer (2012)

Red Hook Summer

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

August 10, 2012 (NY)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

121 min.

Studio

Variance Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Spike Lee

Producer

Spike Lee

Screenwriter

Spike Lee

Starring

  • Jules Brown
  • Clarke Peters as Da Good Bishop Enoch Rouse
  • Nate Parker
  • Toni Lysaith
  • James Ransone
  • Thomas Jefferson Byrd
  • Spike Lee as Mr. Mookie
  • De'Adre Aziza
  • Colman Domingo
  • Kimberly Hebert Gregory
  • Heather Simms
  • Jonathan Batiste

Story


"Red Hook Summer" is the latest in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, and HE GOT GAME), "Red Hook Summer" tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather's constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster--until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he'd ever imagined.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..it's fiery, passionate stuff, at times inelegantly presented, but impossible to ignore..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
“..never matches the smoldering hothouse atmosphere of Lee's Summer of Sam, but its narrative shagginess and raging emotions nonetheless drum up franticness and fear. It's a forceful film whose ungainliness can be vexing..”
by Nick Schager [Village Voice]
“..it all feels furiously dashed off, as if Mr. Lee, who financed the film himself, had run out of money and time..”
by Stephen Holden [New York Times]