She Hate Me (2004)
USA / English
"One heterosexual male. 18 lesbians. His fee $10,000... each. "Fired from his job for exposing corrupt business practices, a former biotech executive turns to impregnating wealthy lesbians for profit.
His sperm counts!
There is no doubt that Spike Lee is one of the best movie directors working
these days. He is an original. Mr. Lee ought to be seen more often. His
films are always well crafted; he evidently enjoys working with the same
team and it's obvious the actors love Mr. Lee. In his hands they all turn
This film is a curious thing. As written for the screen by Michael Genet,
the film tries to touch too many themes. It's a political look at something
that went wrong in our past history, as well as an expose of corruption in
high levels and a funny comedy about a man that is in the center of helping
women get fulfillment.
Mr. Lee is perhaps telling us in a subtle way that we cannot ignore deceit
and corruption in higher places. Corruption comes Jack Armstrong's way
without he asking for it. He happens to be at the wrong place, at the wrong
time. Jack was the epitome of a Buppie and his fall is caused by the system
where he was a successful executive.
The performances are fabulous. Anthony Mackie, as Jack, is one of the best
male roles in any Spike Lee's films. It helps that Mr. Mackie is an
incredible actor who will go to bigger and better things and it's sad at the
same time because Mr. Lee will probably will not be able to afford his
salary in future films, the same way he can't afford Denzel Washington, or
Samuel L. Jackson.
John Turturro keeps coming back to work with Mr. Lee and they both have a
certain bond and they work well together. The mafioso played by Mr. Turturro
is something not to be believed, as is his dialog. Ellen Barkin makes a rare
appearance. She is an actress that projects sex appeal and mystery at the
same time. Monica Belluci has a small role. Woody Harrelson also appears
briefly. Lonnette McKey and Jim Brown are Jack's parents and they are good
in their roles.
Kerry Washington as Fatima, the entrepreneurial young woman who comes to the
rescue is a fresh face that is a welcome addition to the film. She is a
talented actress who can hold her own against Mr. Mackie all the time.
As usual, music plays a great deal in the film. Terence Blanchard's score is
never intrusive, but it balances the action well. The great cinematographer
Matthew Libatique has given the film a patina that is rich and sensuous, at
the same time.
Spike Lee is an acquired taste. Yes, we like him more every time we see one
of his films!
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