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MOVIE REVIEW | She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “The story telling and visual tricks and gimmicks are the kind of thing a first time film maker thinks are revolutionary, but they’re really nothing new.”

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“It’s really about control, my body, my mind. Who was going to own it? Them? Or me? I’m not a one-man woman. Bottom line.”

I thought I knew what to expect from a Spike Lee joint. I’ve seen probably half a dozen, liked most and I think Do the Right Thing is nothing short of a masterpiece.  And with that half a dozen or so, regardless of my opinion, I’ve always thought there were some consistent stylistic and thematic traits that run through all of them.  Obviously, the African American experience is a big part Lee’s filmography, as well as the not so great aspects of the lives and neighbourhoods that inform that experience.  With that hindsight, I was not expecting the kind of movie that I got with Spike Lee’s feature debut, She’s Gotta Have It.

Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) is a confident, independent, (80s) modern woman living in Brooklyn.  She’s unapologetic about her sexuality and openly dating three very different men.  There’s the mild mannered everyman, Jamie (Tommy Redmond Hicks), the goofy fun guy, Mars (Spike Lee) and the hunky vanity of Greer (John Canada Terrell).  All three are aware of each other and all three struggle in different ways with how they share Nola’s attentions and affections. (more…)