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2 reviews, 10 user ratings



She Hate Me
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by Jason Whyte

"I hate shopping for Gucci at Walmart..."
4 stars

The lasting image of the opening credits in "She Hate Me" features George W. Bush as the face of a three dollar bill. He's as phony as a...well, you get the jist. I don't think that director Spike Lee is a Bush supporter as humourous pot-shots are thrown at the Prez on several occasions.

And I've certainly been through it all in the Spike Lee's films. I always come into his works with my guard up, ready to be challenged, and I usually come out a bit exhausted from the craziness of it all. "She Hate Me" is his latest, and it pretty much wrecked my senses, but in a good way. This is a busy and endlessly creative motion picture that picks at politics, corporations, family, sexuality and even at the mob. It creates some very unlikely, even improbable, situations, but it drives the film's satire at financial greed and relationship honesty in this confused and busy day and age.

Jack Armstrong (Anthony Mackie in an outstanding performance) is a vice-president for a major pharmaceutical corporation called Progeia. Jack is fired when he blows the whistle on Progeia after he discovers documents are being shredded. Suddenly, the company is under investigation for fraud and insider trading, and Jack is without a job. Suddenly, Jack's old girlfriend Fatima (Kerry Washington) comes back into his life, she's now a lesbian and a high-powered businesswoman. She offers Jack $10,000 to impregnante both her and her girlfriend Alex (Danie Ramirez). Fatima gets the word out about Jack and suddenly, an entire roster of lesbians finds their way to Jack at $10,000 a pop.

"She Hate Me" is just about as difficult as Lee's best films, "Do The Right Thing" and "Malcolm X" in dealing with its themes. The film changes gears constantly, but when it is done well, it works. Lee knows what he's doing with his style of filmmaking, from jumping on Jack's troubles with the corporation trying to frame him for fraud to the many different women that come into Jack's life, including a mob's wife (Monica Bellucci) who is impregnated by Jack -- with twins! (John Turturro makes a brief appearance as her father, who imitates one of the classic scenes from "The Godfather.") Throughout it all, Jack remains a flawed but strong person who makes mistakes like anyone else.

One of the most powerful themes in Michael Genet's screenplay is trying to do the right thing (no pun intended) in a corporate, money-controlled world where evil pays more and it's cheaper to let it rule rather than being ethical. One of Lee's flashback sequences involves Watergate, and how Frank Willis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) simply discovered the scandal and is forever shunned because of it. "I am Frank Willis," Jack says, citing Willis' downward spiral for anyone trying to do good in the corporate world.

"She Hate Me" is far from Lee's best work, but it is a completely challenging piece of cinema, consistently entertaining with fine acting and many of Lee's trademarks; from his edits to Terence Blanchard's music score, he remains a filmmaker that's alive and interesting in an age of cinema that wants to go the other way.

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originally posted: 08/14/04 00:10:44
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User Comments

8/27/10 mr.mike The black lezzies are hot ; the movie is lame. 2 stars
6/04/09 NikkiStacks the movie is Weird and doesnt make sence but i dont like spike lee neway 4 stars
4/13/09 FrankNFurter Spike Lee is homophobic, racist & misogynistic & this film is a testament to that! 1 stars
10/11/06 chandra the movie was gross and disgusting. This makes me want to boycott Spike Lee, he needs Jesus 1 stars
1/08/06 Agent Sands Spike Lee never ever ever bores me, even with a flop. This is a riveting, ambitious epic. 5 stars
9/06/05 malcolm some classic moments, but pretty preposterous. too much going on at once. 3 stars
8/05/05 Zack Quite underrated 5 stars
7/06/05 Isaac Baranoff Underrated 5 stars
2/27/05 axe creative social commentary that never finds its voice 4 stars
1/29/05 gina rabsatt unbelievable, didnt end the way i thought,good though, i would watch it again 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  28-Jul-2004 (R)
  DVD: 01-Feb-2005

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